Having already endured an 11-inning game just hours prior, Emily Smith had no interest in prolonging her team’s night on the diamond.
So she took care of it.
Facing a 2-2 count with the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the sixth, Smith doubled on a groundball to Locust Grove shortstop Madison Hunt, scoring Lauryn Anderson to give Sequoyah a one-run advantage.
That RBI provided the spark the Lady Eagles sought, for a double and a single shortly after from Hailee Wallin and Sidney Roland, respectively, sealed a 6-2 victory in the Sequoyah Festival on Tuesday night.
Smith went 2-for-2 at the plate to co-lead the Lady Eagles to their first win of the 2019 season.
Anderson set the foundation for the late rally when she led off the fifth with a double to rightfield, and Kennedi Christian singled to centerfield to bring her home, trimming the deficit to 2-1.
Roland then evened the tally three at-bats later, doubling to leftfield to score Christian.
Anderson and Roland finished with two hits apiece alongside Smith, accounting for six of the Lady Eagles’ 10 hits.
Roland, who recorded 2 RBIs with her single in the sixth, also had quite a game in the pitcher’s circle.
The sophomore pitched a full seven innings, striking out 11 while allowing nine hits and no walks. Nearly 70 percent of her throws resulted in strikes.
Roland and the Lady Pirates’ Harley Culie were locked in an epic pitcher’s duel through the first two innings, combining for seven strikeouts and two hits.
However, Cherokee Hibbs broke the deadlock in the third when she singled to centerfield, scoring Madi Smith.
Culie brought her home shortly after with a double to centerfield, making it 2-0 in favor of Locust Grove.
McKenna Wilson and Hope Anderson led the Lady Pirates at the plate with two hits apiece in a combined seven at-bats.
Culie threw 136 pitches in the loss, surrendering six runs on 10 hits and five walks while striking out nine Lady Eagles.
Sequoyah returned to the diamond for a District 4A-8 doubleheader against Rogers County foe Catoosa on Thursday afternoon.
Check out the Progress Weekend Edition and claremoreprogress.com for a recap of the games from sports editor Kevin Green.