TAHLEQUAH — Verdigris and Inola faced off at the Tahlequah Softball Tournament Thursday, and the Cardinals answered Inola's 3-0 lead with six unanswered runs for a 6-3 win.
Verdigirs also defeated Muskogee 11-1 and Red Oak 9-0 in the tournament, while Inola lost to Red Oak 8-5 and Jay 6-1.
In other area games, it was Catoosa getting its first win of the season in an 11-2 win over Nowata at the Oklahoma Union Tournament. Chelsea lost to Pawnee 6-1, and at the Adair Tournament, Oologah defeated Locust Grove 10-1 and beat Adair 4-3.
Inola jumped out on Verdigris with a big first inning. Olivia Cosper and Lacey Stamper singled and Jamie Burke walked to load the bases for the Horns.
A Lillie Walker single, an Avery Cosper bases-loaded walk and a Madison Pollard fielder's choice brought three runs to the plate before the Cards had a chance at bat.
But there was a bottom half of the inning, and Verdigris caught right back up. Paige Weiesnbach walked, Bailie Cravens singled and Megan Turner double in a run. Jaysan Gibson singled home Cravens and Faith Weiesnbach grounded out, but scored a run in the process as the game was tied 3-3.
In the bottom of the second, Verdigris struck again. Paige Weiesnbach singled, Megan Turner tripled her home and Gibson hit a two-run homer to left field for a 6-3 Verdigris lead.
Due to tournament time limits, the game ended after three and a half innings.
Turner and Gibson each had two hits for Verdigris. Turner doubled and tripled and drove in two runs. Gibson had three RBIs. Eliza Franklin was the winning pitcher for Verdigris. She allowed three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
For Inola, Stamper led the charge with two hits.
Olivia Cosper took the loss in the circle for the Horns, allowed five runs, two earned, on just five hits.
Verdigris 11, Muskogee 1 — Class 3A Verdigris smoked 6A Muskogee 11-1 with the help of a seven-run second inning.
Franklin and Turner each went deep in the game as Verdigris pounded out nine hits. Turner was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs. Gibson was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Paige Weiesnbach was 2-for-3.
Brylee Ray was the winning pitcher with one earned run on three hits.
Verdigris 9, Red Oak 0 — Verdigris (22-1-1) unloaded on Red Oak with a 16-hit performance Thursday. The Cardinals scored five in the fourth to ice a 9-0 win.
Faith Weiesnbach and Riley Waltonbaugh were each 3-for-3 for Verdigris. Turner, Gibson and Paige Weiesnbach each had two hits.
Gibson was the winning pitcher with a no-hitter. She struck out two and walked three in four innings.
Jay 6, Inola 1 — The Longhorns scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth when Avery Cosper doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Pollard had the other hit for the Horns. Walker took the loss, allowing six runs, only three earned, on five hits. She struck out four.
Red Oak 8, Inola 5 — Inola (12-13) had four hits and five errors in an 8-5 loss to Red Oak. Inola scored the first four runs of the game, but Red Oak scored six in the fourth to pull ahead.
Avery Cosper and Stamper each doubled.
All eight runs Red Oak scored on Walker were unearned.
Oologah 10, Locust Grove 1 — At the Adair Tournament, Oologah romped Locust Grove 10-1 in five innings. The Pirates had six errors.
The Mustangs scored five in the third, which was the backbreaker.
Kenzie Chacon was 2-for-3. Emma Gill doubled in three runs and Kiah Purdunn scored three runs.
Bailie Runner was the winning pitcher. She allowed one unearned run in five innings. She struck out five and allowed four hits.
Oologah 4, Adair 3 — Oologah (20-3) scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to beat Adair 4-3 Thursday. Runner opened the fifth with a double, followed by a Chacon single. A fielder's choice by Rachel Humberg brought the winning run home.
Adair had four errors, but out-hit Oologah. Chacon was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. She was also the winning pitcher, allowing three earned runs on seven hits. She struck out three.