Inola softball participated in the Firelake Scrimmage Festival in Shawnee on Monday, losing both games in a doubleheader.
Late scores cost the Lady Horns a 4-2 decision against Edmond North, and Tahlequah handed them a 7-2 loss shortly afterward.
Inola return to the diamond at 10:30 a.m. Friday for a matchup against Sapulpa, followed by a meeting with Union at noon. Both games are part of the Coweta portion of the Claremore Scrimmage Festival.
EDMOND NORTH 4, INOLA 2
Heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lady Horns looked primed to win their second-straight preseason game.
That is when an opportunistic Edmond North squad decided to strike.
The Lady Huskies tallied four runs in the final frame, erasing a 2-0 deficit to secure the victory.
A walk and a single put Edmond North in scoring position, and an error by second baseman Lacey Stamper made it a one-run game.
The next at-bat proved critical for the Lady Horns, for the Lady Huskies notched a 2-RBI double to take a 3-2 advantage.
A double, followed by a sacrifice fly, gave Edmond North the final run.
The game remained scoreless through three innings until Lillie Walker broke the deadlock in the fourth with a home run to centerfield, scoring Madi Roberts in the process to give Inola a two-run lead.
Despite her heroics on the offensive end, Walker took the loss in the pitcher’s circle in a full-game effort. She struck out three while allowing five hits and one walk.
The Lady Horns finished with four hits — Jamie Burke, Walker, Avery Cosper and Savanna Cosper each tallying one.
Edmond North’s leader at the plate finished with three hits.
The Lady Huskies’ player names were not provided.
TAHLEQUAH 7, INOLA 2
It was another case of letting a lead slip for Inola.
The Lady Horns fell behind early when Lexi Hannah scored on an error, but they quickly atoned for that mistake in the bottom of the first.
Allison McGowan singled on a line drive to leftfield, scoring Burke, and Baylee Wiginton took advantage of a centerfielder error to give Inola a 2-1 lead.
That edge didn’t last long, though, for Tahlequah’s Savannah Wiggins scored on an RBI groundout from Mykah Vann to even things up.
Stamper recorded a double in the bottom second, but it didn’t result in any runs for the Lady Horns.
Jayley Ray opened the third with a single to centerfield for the Tigers, and Betty Danner brought her home three pitches later with a homer over the left-field wall, making for 4-2.
Tahlequah continued its run in the fourth when a single from Vann scored Nevaeh Moreno.
Christeny Holt came in a courtesy runner for Hannah after the latter notched a double, and she reaped the benefits, scoring on a wild pitch shortly thereafter.
Josie Moffitt drove in Moreno, who tallied a double during the previous at-bat, for the final run with a single to centerfield.
The Tigers totaled nine hits, with Moreno leading the way with three. Vann was close behind with two.
Vann was also credited with the victory for Tahlequah, striking out one while allowing four hits, two walks and both Lady Horn runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Avery Cosper, Stamper, McGowan and Burke accounted for Inola’s four hits.
Macy Hutchinson left the pitcher’s circle with a loss, surrendering all seven runs, nine hits and two walks while striking out only one in five innings.