Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

August 16, 2013

Champs trumped

Tahlequah opens season by knocking off reigning 5A champion Grove.

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Over the last couple of years, Tahlequah has been watching Grove have all the fun. The district titles, the head-to-head matchups, even a state championship — Grove laid claim to all of that.

On Thursday at Lady Tiger Field, Tahlequah flipped the script and had some fun of its own.

Tahlequah posted a pair of three-run innings and limited Grove to three hits to record a 6-3 victory in District 5A-3 play.

“It’s a big morale booster,” said Tahlequah third baseman Whitney Wright, who went two-for-four with a run scored and two runs batted in.

“Good way to start off the season — with a win.”

Tahlequah’s triumph snapped a five-game losing streak to Grove, which dated back to 2010. The Lady Red had swept both head-to-head matchups in league play during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns.

And early on, it appeared that the graduation of catcher Ashleigh Tramel and third baseman Taylor Dodson wasn’t going to hurt Grove — last year’s Class 5A state champion — at all. The Lady Red (0-1, 0-1 5A-3) started the game with a single by Megan Porter and a run-scoring triple down the left-field line by Kaitlyn Smith. However, Smith was tagged out at home plate on Taylor Rupe’s sacrifice attempt, limiting Grove to just one run in the opening frame.

“Jumping out 2-0 is a lot different than 1-0,” Grove coach Jeremy Collins said. “Not that (Tahlequah) can’t bounce back from that, but I think it puts a little more pressure on them.”

Tahlequah (1-0, 1-0) eliminated the early deficit almost immediately, posting three runs of its own in the home half of the first inning. Kortney Dry’s two-out, two-run triple to right field plated Wright and Kirsten Chase, and Lainey Wallace followed by lacing a single to left to score Dry.

“I think we got tight in the first inning when they scored,” Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said. “I knew we could score, it was just a matter of how much we were going to score.”

Grove narrowed the gap in the third inning when Abby Walker scored on an error. But that’s as close as the Lady Red would get.

Tahlequah responded with a three-run frame in the fourth, highlighted by Wright’s two-run single through the left side of the infield.

“I was just focusing on getting a base hit; I wasn’t trying to do too much,” said Wright, whose team tallied six hits against Grove pitcher Emilee Iverson. “I knew if I kept thinking about it, I wouldn’t hit it. So I was just kind of focused on getting a base hit, and it made it through.”

Picking up the pitching victory on a near-perfect afternoon was Lindsay Wade. The sophomore hurler went five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks. She also recorded three strikeouts.

Morgan Tarrance came on in relief of Wade in the sixth inning and gave up one run on one hit.

“They did good,” Cloud said. “It was a big game, and I think them watching the Grove series the last couple of years — two years for Morgan and one year for Lindsay — maybe they were tight. But they threw a lot of strikes, and I think they’re going to complement each other well.”

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