VERDIGRIS — Daeya Moses got a taste of just about everything on Tuesday afternoon.
The sophomore went 3-for-4 at the plate, tallying two singles and a triple with 4 RBIs to lead Verdigris to a 9-1 victory over district and county rival Inola.
Moses said she knew what to expect from Lady Horns pitcher Lillie Walker, which attributed to her success.
“Coming in, they said she would probably be throwing it outside and away, so I was just looking for the away pitch and trying to hit it opposite,” Moses said.
Her biggest hit came in the fourth inning on a triple to rightfield, scoring Megan Turner.
Avery Cosper’s throw to Inola third baseman Allison McGowan seemed to beat Moses to her desired destination, but a fumble during the slide and tag attempt deemed her safe.
Although triples are more rare than the typical single or double, Moses said she isn’t necessarily focused on where she ends up on any given at-bat, but rather how it benefits her squad.
“As long as I’m getting on base and scoring someone and it helps the team, I don’t really care where I’m at on the bases,” Moses said.
Lady Cardinals coach Brian Keith was more than impressed with Moses’ performance.
He said there was an adjustment period for the sophomore when she transferred from Salina earlier this year, but her approach at the plate has improved every game.
Through nine games, Moses is 9-for-23 with 10 RBIs, four walks and five strikeouts.
“That’s something we’ve been harping on her all year long,” Keith said. “She very talented for a sophomore, and she’s got tremendous upside. She’s got a chance to play at the next level.
“She is an athletic son of a gun.”
Bailey Cravens managed a triple as well, scoring Faith Weiesnbach, Hailey Schoeling and Zaferes in the second to give Verdigris a 5-1 lead.
Zaferes finished with multiple hits as well, tallying two singles and a sacrifice bunt with an RBI.
Verdigris tallied nine hits in all, which Keith said was an impressive feat itself given the feisty throwing ability of Walker.
She struck out six, surrendering two walks to go along with the nine hits.
“She was better than I expected,” Keith said of Walker. “That was a credit to us, and that’s what I told them.”
Despite scoring only once, Inola — led by Macy Hutchinson and Savanna Cosper — finished one hit behind the Lady Cardinals with eight.
The Lady Horns’ lone run came in the second inning on a groundball single to centerfield from Savanna Cosper.
Jaysan Gibson limited Inola at the plate, earning the win in the circle after a full seven innings.
Gibson, a senior, struck out nine while allowing eight hits and one walk.
“I don’t think Jaysan was as good as she wanted to be today,” Keith said. “She got pissed pretty good today, and that frustrated her a little bit. But she maintained her composure and did a good job for us.”
Verdigris (7-2 overall, 3-1 District 4A-6) returns home on Thursday afternoon for a nondistrict contest against Adair.
Meanwhile, Inola (4-5, 0-1) travels to Locust Grove for a district matchup.
Both games are slated for 5 p.m.