Two Rogers County teams took a break from district play to compete in the Rogers State Festival on Thursday, exposing themselves to fresh challenges.
Claremore and Inola took part in the festivities, going a combined 1-2.
The Lady Zebras fell to Sand Springs, 12-1, and the Lady Horns defeated Sperry, 4-1, before dropping a 9-0 decision to Sequoyah Tahlequah.
To read about Claremore’s lone game in the RSU Festival, check out the Friday edition or go to claremoreprogress.com.
Inola (vs. Wyandotte) and Sequoyah Claremore (vs. Kansas and Coweta) were set to play on Friday before rainstorms rolled through the area, canceling the event.
If weather permits, Oologah (6-0) is scheduled for a doubleheader against Lincoln Christian and Collinsville on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
Claremore (5-4) hosts Collinsville in its District 5A-3 return on Tuesday, while Sequoyah Claremore (3-5), Inola (4-4) and Oologah all hit the road for their first games of the week.
INOLA 4, SPERRY 1
Inola took it one run at a time — literally.
The Lady Horns tallied a single run in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings, leading to a 4-1 victory over Sperry at the Diamond Sports Complex in Claremore.
Leading the way for Inola was Macy Hutchinson, who finished 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.
Lauren Stamper also had multiple hits, tallying two. In all, the Lady Horns finished with nine hits.
Sperry (4-5) opened the scoring on an RBI groundout in the first, but from there began the Lady Horns’ methodical march to victory.
Stamper led off the first with a single, and after a Hutchinson sacrifice bunt, Jamie Burke brought her home with a double to leftfield.
After a scoreless second, Inola took a 2-1 lead in the third when Hutchinson scored on a pitching error.
Hutchinson was at it again in the fourth, scoring Savanna Cosper with a single to rightfield.
The final run came in the fifth on a Keaton Ellis groundout to the Lady Pirates’ second baseman, scoring Amelia Danker in the process.
Lillie Walker pitched the Lady Horns to victory, striking out five while allowing only one hit and no walks through six innings in the circle.
SEQUOYAH TAHLEQUAH 9, INOLA 0
Sequoyah Tahlequah didn’t let the Lady Horns experience that kind of success, though.
The Lady Indians (13-0) ran away with it early, notching nine runs on nine hits in the first inning while also holding Inola hitless and scoreless throughout the three-inning contest.
Lexy Keys and Amiah Galcatcher opened the first with a double and single, respectively, and a sacrifice fly from Madi Joice allowed Keys the first run of the game.
Galcatcher didn’t wait much longer for her reward, though, for Lana Gass launched a two-run homer to leftfield to increase the Sequoyah Tahlequah lead to 3-0.
A single from Smalls Goudeau two at-bats later made it a four-run advantage, and Baylee Davis added more to it with a 2-RBI single to centerfield, scoring Kyilee Chumley and Goudeau.
Galcatcher’s 2-RBI double to leftfield pushed the lead to 8-0, and Gass brought her home with a single to cap the scoring spree.
Hutchinson kept Sequoyah Tahlequah hitless the rest of the way while Inola managed to load the bases in the second and third innings via five walks and an error, but nothing came of the opportunities.
Hutchinson took the loss in the circle, mustering only one strikeout while allowing the nine hits, nine runs and two walks.
Galcatcher and Gass led the Lady Indians at the plate, going a combined 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs.
Madi Joice was responsible for keeping the Lady Horns off the board, striking out five while allowing five walks and no hits.