From Staff reports
BROKEN ARROW — Whitney Wright torched a first-inning home run over the center field wall, and Tahlequah was well on its way to another victory at the end of a long day.
Union, though, had other plans in the final game for both teams in the Broken Arrow tournament. The Lady Redskins rattled off four straight runs over the first and second innings and claimed a three-run lead.
But, like it had done all weekend, Tahlequah got its bats going. The Lady Tigers ended up scoring nine of the final 10 runs of the game to roll to a 10-5 triumph on Saturday.
"The biggest thing was we didn't panic down 4-1," Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud.
The Lady Tigers trimmed the deficit to 4-3 in the fourth inning with Lindsay Wade's RBI triple and Lainey Wallace's run-scoring single.
Then, in the sixth frame, Wade and Wallace drew a pair of two-out walks before Bub Peters smashed a three-run home run to center field, giving Tahlequah a 6-4 edge.
The Lady Tigers would pile on in the seventh inning, plating one on Randee O'Donnell's double and three on Kortney Dry's home run.
Tahlequah pitcher Morgan Tarrance picked up the victory despite allowing 11 hits. The junior hurler did manage to pitch out of trouble, forcing Union to leave seven runners on base.
The win over Union capped off a 5-0 weekend in the tournament for Tahelquah. Only one other team in the field, Broken Arrow, went unscathed over five games.
"We had a solid tournament," said Cloud, whose team improved to 6-0. "We also got better because of it."
Prior to the Union game, Tahlequah knocked off Owasso (7-2) and Inola (3-0).
Against Owasso, Wallace capped off a five-run first inning with a three-run home run to left field. Wade and Dry would add solo homers in the third and fifth, respectively. Wade picked up the win, working six innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits.
To beat Inola, Tarrance logged six scoreless innings in the pitching circle. She struck out five and walked two.
Up next for Tahlequah will be a road contest at Poteau on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers were slated to play at McAlester on Monday, but the game had to called off due to a scheduling conflict.
Sequoyah goes 2-3 in BA
Sequoyah opened the Broken Arrow tournament by going 1-1 on Friday. The Lady Indians beat Putnam City North 12-1 before losing 5-3 to Broken Arrow.
On Saturday, Sequoyah went 1-2, losing to Muskogee (5-4) and Deer Creek (2-1). The lone victory was a 9-0 result against Poteau.
The Lady Indians (3-3) will play at Hartshorne on Monday.
Lady Indians win volleyball tourney
The Sequoyah volleyball team beat Oologah 2-0 (26-24, 25-22) on Saturday to claim the Sequoyah tournament title at The Place Where They Play. The tournament clincher capped off a two-day run of five victories for Sequoyah in which the Lady Indians only lost one set.
Sequoyah made it to the finals by beating Okay 2-0. On Friday, the Lady Indians beat Hulbert, Claremore-Sequoyah and Salina, who was the only team to win a set against Sequoyah.
Picking up the tournament's Most Valuable Player was Sequoyah's Audrey Ballou. The Lady Indians' Baylee Herrin and Britanie Wacoche also made the all-tournament team.
Sequoyah's next match will be Tuesday at Okay.