COWETA — Eight walks spelled doom for Tahlequah on Thursday.
After starting the season with 18 straight victories, Tahlequah’s unbeaten run came to an end with a 7-2 loss to Muskogee at the Coweta/Claremore tournament.
Tahlequah pitcher Lindsay Wade threw 113 pitches — 56 of which were balls — in an outing that resulted in seven runs (six earned) allowed. The sophomore hurler also allowed five hits while hitting two Muskogee batters.
“Very uncharacteristic of the pitching in the first game,” Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said.
Tahlequah did respond with two wins later in the day: an 8-3 victory over Haskell and a 13-0 thumping of Booker T. Washington.
The Lady Tigers exited the first day of the tournament with a 20-1 record overall.
“I never have seen a team go undefeated,” Cloud said, “for an entire year.”
Against Muskogee, Tahlequah got to within 4-2 in the fourth inning on a RBI double by Kirsten Chase and a run-scoring single by Lainey Wallace. But Muskogee responded with three runs in the sixth inning to turn back any comeback efforts by Tahlequah.
In Tahlequah’s win over Haskell, Whitney Wright went two for two with three runs batted in. Wright also had three RBI against Booker T. Washington, while Chase drove in three.
Tahlequah’s next game in the tournament will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Shawnee.
Top-ranked Indians win 2 more
VIAN — Class 3A No. 1 Sequoyah continued to roll Thursday, blowing out both Vian (14-3) and Stigler (10-0) in softball action.
Hayleigh Galvan had two runs batted in for Sequoyah against Vian. In the win over Stigler, Tory Hoskin was two for two and Taylor Thompson was also two for two with three run batted in.
Kati Phillips picked up the pitching victories for Sequoyah in both games.
On Tuesday, Sequoyah will host Inola at 5 p.m.
SHS volleyball beats McAlester
MCALESTER — For the second time this season, Sequoyah posted a 3-0 victory over McAlester on the volleyball court. The Lady Indians picked up the win on Thursday with scores of 25-12, 25-13 and 25-13.
Audrey Ballou led the Class 4A No. 6 Lady Indians with 12 kills. Eva Hooper also contributed 10 assists and seven aces for Sequoyah, which will play again Saturday at the Okay tournament.