The Tahlequah High School softball team, which last season finished six games below .500, is starting to make a bit of noise.

The Lady Tigers are now halfway towards their win total from last year, improving to 6-3 after beating Inola, 5-4, and Euphaula 10-1 with a 3-2 loss to Porter sandwiched in between.

Still, THS coach Ronnie Rogers said his team has a lot of work yet to be done.

“The only word that comes out of me is inconsistency,” Rogers said. “We hit the ball decently for two games. We we’re making mental mistakes in the field and offensively as far as base running.”

Against Inola, the Lady Tigers grabbed an early lead of 3-0 when Shelby Sanders, Katie Bowin and Erica Sampson all scored in the third inning.

The Lady Tigers eventually took a 5-1 lead in the fourth when Whittney Whittmore scored on a pass ball and Erica Sampson tripled in Bowin.

Inola narrowed the gap to 5-4 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, but could get no closer.

The third game of the day was a laugher as the Lady Tigers took advantage of 10 Euphaula errors in the rout.

The big blow came in the fourth inning as four Euphaula errors allowed the Lady Tigers to score six runs in the inning, The Lady Tigers led 4-1 up to that point.

Jenna Reed hit a 3-RBI double. She finished the game 2-for-3 with the three RBIs. Sampson went 2-3 while Ashley Boswell went 2-2 with one RBI.

The Lady Tigers gave up three runs in the fifth inning to Porter as Porter took a 3-0 lead, but the Lady Tigers did make a comeback attempt.

In the bottom of the inning, Krystal Herrin doubled. Sanders’ singled her to third and Bowin brought Herrin in with a single to make the score 3-1.

In the sixth inning, Jessica Patrick reached on an error at third base and made Porter pay as she ended up scoring on a base hit by Whittmore to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Tahlequah continues in the Oktaha Tournament on Saturday when they next face Heavener at 12:30 p.m.

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