By BEN JOHNSON
Lindsay Wade pitched out of trouble in the third inning, and Tahlequah went on to coast the rest of the way in a 10-5 victory over Skiatook on Tuesday.
Tahlequah pounded out 13 hits, led by Kortney Dry’s three-hit performance. She also drove in two runs.
The victory at Lady Tiger Field was Tahlequah’s fifth in a row since dropping its first game of the year to Muskogee at the Coweta/Claremore tournament last week. The Lady Tigers are now 23-1 overall and 7-0 in District 5A-3 play.
Tahlequah won again after breaking a 2-2 tie in the third inning. Randee O’Donnell hit a go-ahead double that scored Whitney Wright, and Kirsten Chase followed with a run-scoring single. Lainey Wallace capped off the three-run frame with a RBI single.
Tahlequah was able to take the lead because Wade tight-roped out of trouble in the top half of the third. With two outs, Mikayla Schulanberger struck out looking, leaving the bases loaded.
It was Tahlequah from there.
Wade picked up the victory, giving up six hits in seven innings in the pitching circle. She gave up five runs (none earned) while also striking out eight.
Marisa Girdner, Wright, O’Donnell and Chase all had two hits. O’Donnell, Dry both drove in two runs, and Bub Peters plated three runs.
“We swung it well,” said Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said, whose team’s low point was committing five errors. “We played uncharacteristic defense or the game would of been 10-2. But we are starting to swing it, and we’ve got some home games in district play coming up.”
Tahlequah will step out of 5A-3 play on Thursday to take on Poteau before hosting Coweta on Monday.
No. 1 Sequoyah rolls
The No. 1-ranked Sequoyah softball team showed why it’s the top team in Class 3A on Tuesday, beating Inola 13-0.
The Lady Indians started quickly and never let off the has as they scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning.
“We are hitting great and tonight was no different,” said Sequoyah coach Jeff Turtle, whose team will play at Oktaha on Thursday.
Sequoyah got a big lift against Inola from Symphoni Shomo, who marked her 16th birthday with two doubles, a triple and four runs batted in. Hayleigh Galvan finished things off for the Lady Indians, notching a bases-clearing triple in the third inning.
Tahlequah volleyball beats McAlester
MCALESTER — Tahlequah recorded 28 service aces and cruised to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-11) victory over McAlester on Tuesday.
Katie Schneider led Tahlequah (10-4) with 10 aces and Amanda Milnick had eight.
Tahlequah’s next match will be against Sequoyah in the Coweta tournament on Friday.
Lady Indians get past Salina
SALINA — Playing without Audrey Ballou, who was out with an injury, Class 4A No. 6 Sequoyah managed to escape Salina with a 3-1 (25-13, 27-25, 14-25, 25-20) triumph on Tuesday.
Baylee Herrin had six kills and three blocks for the Lady Indians, who also had four kills apiece from Kayli Gonzalez and Britanie Wacoche. Eva Hooper also had 16 assists.
“Our serving game helped because it was tough to score,” said Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin, whose team had 14 serving aces. “The girls had to raise their level of play, and I was pleased with the win.”
Sequoyah (18-0) will play again Thursday at Westville.
Keys knocks off Locust Grove
Keys’ softball team beat Locust Grove, 5-3, on Tuesday.
Sydni Rainbolt picked up the pitching victory for Keys while also going two for three at the plate. She also only issued four hits against Locust Grove.
Keys will host Class 4A No. 1 Hilldale on Monday.
Matt Reynolds and staff reports contributed to this report.