Preseason softball is in full swing, and Chelsea split a pair of scrimmages on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Lady Dragons saw an early deficit balloon into a 15-7 loss against Oklahoma Union on Tuesday, but they managed to bounce back and come out on top in an 18-16 classic against Rogers County foe Sequoyah on Wednesday.
Chelsea, now 1-3 in preseason scrimmages, travels to Vinita on Thursday morning for a 9 a.m. first pitch.
CHELSEA 18, SEQUOYAH 16
When Sequoyah grabbed an early lead during Wednesday’s scrimmage, Chelsea didn’t relent.
Quite the opposite, actually.
Led by Devin Equels, Mackenzie Olson and Dina Marchoud, the Lady Dragons erased a three-run deficit in the first inning and never looked back, claiming an 18-16 home win.
The trio combined for nine of Chelsea’s 13 hits and seven RBIs, leaving the ballpark with three hits apiece. Equels led the way with four RBIs.
Macy Everett, Emaleigh Casey and Ayche Marchoud each tallied multiple RBIs as well.
Everett secured two of her three RBIs early on with a single to rightfield, scoring Jessi Jones and Dina Marchoud to bring the Lady Dragons within one at 3-2 in the bottom of the first.
A double to leftfield from Equels two pitches later scored Ayche Marchoud and evened the score heading into the second inning.
Hannah Trude led off the bottom half with a single, and she was brought home on the next pitch thanks to a Kacie Owen bunt and an error by the Sequoyah second baseman.
Olson and Owen made it 6-3 later in the frame on a 2-RBI groundout from Casey.
A bases-loaded walk pushed the advantage to four runs in the third, and Equels tacked on two more to that on the ensuing pitch with a line-drive double to rightfield, bringing the score to 9-3.
The Lady Eagles responded in the fourth, though, scoring three runs on a walk, an RBI groundout and a sacrifice fly, respectively.
A Sequoyah roster was not available upon request.
However, Chelsea added to its safety net when an Owen sacrifice bunt scored Trude, pushing the lead to 10-6.
Both teams went scoreless in the fifth, but the Lady Eagles’ comeback quest wasn’t over just yet.
Lady Dragons pitcher Brooklyn Tibbs walked three-straight batters before Dina Marchoud replaced her in the circle, but the trend continued.
Dina Marchoud gave Sequoyah a free run with a bases-loaded walk, and it added another run shortly after on a fielder’s choice.
Chelsea’s fifth walk of the inning proved detrimental, for it allowed the Lady Eagles to cut their deficit to one at 10-9 in the sixth.
That was the closest Sequoyah would get.
Facing two outs and a 1-1 count, Olson delivered a 2-RBI groundball single to rightfield, driving in Trude and Equels to make it a three-run game.
Ayche Marchoud extended that advantage in the seventh inning, scoring Dina Marchoud with a single, and Casey scored on the throw.
Equels then closed out the frame with a grounder to second, bringing home Trude in the process to make the score 15-9.
Sequoyah pushed back once more in the eighth, though, tallying four runs — three of which came on an error committed by Owen — to make it 15-13.
Trude opened the bottom half with a walk, and following a sacrifice bunt from Owen and an Olson single, she proceeded to steal home.
Olson was rewarded for her contribution to the sequence, scoring on a bases-loaded walk to bring the score to 18-13.
Casey scored the Lady Dragons’ final run on yet another bases-loaded walk.
Chelsea pitcher Emalee Shoate returned the favor in the ninth, though, walking four batters while surrendering a single and a fielder’s choice score on two others, resulting in three Lady Eagle runs.
Tibbs earned the win in the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Dragons, lasting 4.2 innings in a five-strikeout, nine-run and four-hit outing.
Sequoyah’s losing pitcher, who also co-led the Lady Eagles at the plate with two hits, allowed 13 hits and 18 runs in six innings of action, striking out five.
OKLAHOMA UNION 15, CHELSEA 7
The game slipped away early, and Chelsea couldn’t recover.
Oklahoma Union reached double digits before the Lady Dragons could notch a run, resulting in a 15-7 decision on Tuesday.
The Lady Cougars scored early and often, tallying two runs in the first inning before adding at least three runs in four of the remaining eight innings behind their 11 hits.
Chelsea notched seven hits, five of which came after the sixth inning. No player recorded more than one.
Trailing 15-0, the Lady Dragons finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh when Tibbs doubled on a line drive to leftfield, bringing Shoate home.
Tibbs scored shortly after on an RBI groundout from Dina Marchoud, making it 15-2.
Chelsea added two more runs in the eighth, starting with Carson Draeger tagging up and taking advantage of an Owen fly out.
Trude followed up with a double to rightfield, scoring Ayche Marchoud to bring the Lady Dragons within 11 at 15-4 heading into the ninth and final inning.
Chelsea recorded nearly half its hits — three — in the last frame, scoring three runs to make the result more respectable.
Olson and Draeger both managed doubles during the frame, while Jones notched a single.
Draeger’s double to centerfield scored Olson and Dina Marchoud, and the other run came via a pitching error, allowing Casey to reach home.
Dina Marchoud started in the circle and picked up the loss for the Lady Dragons, allowing eight hits, 11 runs and two walks in two innings while striking out one.
Tibbs and Shoate also saw time from the bullpen, surrendering a combined three hits, four runs and four walks while striking out six in 4.2 innings.
Shoate had the better outing, striking out four with no hits or runs to her name.