Verdigris tuned up for Thursday’s state tournament with a game against 5A Coweta, falling 10-2. Inola also played a regional tune-up game with Checotah, falling 5-1.
There wasn’t much on the line for either team.
Verdigris had already won their regional and is set to open the Class 3A State Softball Championships against Purcell at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Inola will play Sequoyah at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Perkins-Tryon Regional.
Oologah will also play in a 4A regional against Wagoner at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Broken Bow regional. Losers will play at 4 p.m. while the winners play at 6 p.m. Cushing is the other team in that regional.
Coweta 10, Verdigris 2 — Verdigris used three pitchers — saving those arms for Thursday’s state opener — and Coweta rattled off 11 hits, scoring in each of the first five innings of work.
The Lady Tigers scored three in the first and one in the second to take a 4-0 lead before the Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the second on a two-out Kylie Green solo home run to center field.
But Coweta came right back with six unanswered runs to take a 10-1 lead.
Verdigris added another run in the bottom of the fifth on another two-out home run, this time by Megan Turner.
Verdigris did get a 3-for-3 performance from Kylie Green. Faith Weiesnbach was 2-for-3 and Jaylan Gibson doubled.
Toni Shawnee pitched the first three innings. Jaysan Gibson pitched two innings and Brylee Ray allowed one run in two scoreless innings.
Checotah 5, Inola 1 — The two teams each had seven hits, but Inola’s fielding troubles resurfaced Monday in a 5-1 loss to Checotah. Inola had five errors and couldn’t dig its way out of a slow start.
Checotah took a 3-0 lead on four singles and an error, and added two more in the fourth on a double, a walk and two errors, all with two outs. Checotah led 5-0.
Inola avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the seventh. Amelia Danker singled to open the inning and eventually scored on an error.
Danker was 2-for-3. Lacy Stamper was 2-for-4.
Olivia Cosper and Lillie Walker split pitching duties by throwing three innings each. Cosper got the start and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits. Walker allowed two unearned runs on two hits. Each had a strikeout.