SEQUOYAH — On the mound or at the plate, Jaysan Gibson can take care of business.
The Verdigris pitching ace scattered four hits and cracked two home runs, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 softball victory over Sequoyah on Thursday.
Improving to 3-0, Verdigris collected nine hits, but none were bigger than Gibson’s blasts that snapped a scoreless tie. Sequoyah’s Ariel Thompson struck out 13 batters, but it wasn’t enough to overcome five errors and the Cardinals’ timely hitting.
Megan Turner and Kylie Green each slapped two base hits and their team built a 5-0 lead with a four-run sixth inning. Verdigris surrendered three unearned runs in the bottom half of the sixth, but managed to hang on.
Three Eagles errors helped the Cardinals explode after leading 1-0 through five innings. Gibson led off the sixth with a rocket that cleared the wall in left field. It was her third home run in two games and fifth hit in five at-bats.
Faith Weiesnbach bunted for a hit and scored on a dropped fly ball to make it 3-0. Elli Franklin walked and ran home on Paige Weiesnbach’s single, then Turner tallied on another Sequoyah misplay.
Thanks to the Cardinals’ own fielding woes, the Eagles rallied in the sixth. Thompson reached base via error and scored on Gibson’s wild throw to third. First baseman Kayleigh Jones raced home on a fielder’s choice before pinch hitter Hannah Morgan doubled to plate Bryanna Wilkins.
Down 5-3, the Eagles got a runner on in the seventh when Gibson struck batter Lauryn Anderson. Anderson reached second on an infield out, but with two away, Jones flew out to end the game.
Verdigris took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Gibson sent a Thompson pitch high over the center field wall. Sequoyah had loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Jones’ grounder was scooped by Jaylan Gibson at third to keep the contest scoreless.
The Eagles dropped to 2-1 for the season.