SALINA — Trailing 2-1 entering the third inning, Chelsea decided it was time to get that first win of the young softball season.
Thursday afternoon at Salina, the Lady Green Dragons saw the home team take a 2-1 lead. But nine of the first 10 batters in Chelsea's half of the third inning reached base and the team scored eight runs on their way to an 11-2 victory.
The rally began with a single by Carson Draeger. A triple by Courtney LeGrand scored Draeger, and the Dragons were off and running. Allison Draeger singled, Cassi Smith walked and Ashley Ellis singled in two runs. Savannah King singled in another run, Sydney Smith drove in two, Ayche Marchoud doubled in Smith and Carson Drager singled home Marchoud.
When the track meet ended, Chelsea led 9-2.
Just to be safe, the Dragons (1-1) added a couple more runs in the top of the sixth. Allison Draeger singled to open the inning. After reaching on a fielder's choice, Cassi Smith scored on an error and King singled in the game's final run.
Chelsea looked impressive with 14 hits to Salina's seven.
King was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. LeGrand was 2-for-2 with a double and triple. Allison and Carson Draeger were each 2-for-3 and Sydney Smith was 2-for-4. Smith was also the winning pitcher, going 4 2/3 innings while allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits. She struck out four. LeGrand mopped up with one hitless inning.
Locust Grove 8, Inola 7 — It looked as if Inola was going to win its first game of the season after scoring three runs in the top of the eighth innings at Locust Grove Thursday evening.
The Lady Longhorns snapped a 4-4 tie with those three runs, but Locust Grove scored four in the bottom of the inning and walked off with a stunning win.
With a single and two walks to start the eighth, Inola broke the tie when Olivia Cosper scored from third on an error by the Locust Grove catcher. Faith Bible scored on a sacrifice by Kaitlin Hinds and Lillie Walker's grounder scored Jaime Burks for a 7-4 lead.
But things all fell apart after that.
Locust Grove had four singles and a hit batter which tied the game, and then an error with two outs pushed across the game-winner.
Locust Grove had 14 hits to Inola's seven. The two teams combined for nine errors.
Savanna Cosper led Inola, going 2-for-4. Hinds was 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Bible doubled.
Other scores in Rogers County were Mounds 11, Catoosa 1; Quapaw 4, Foyil 3; Afton 6, Foyil 2; Oologah 5, Blackwell 0; Oologah 4, Millwood 3.