Kansas ended Verdigris softball’s 21-game winning streak last week, but the Lady Cardinals returned to form Monday afternoon.
In its penultimate home game of the regular season, Verdigris overcame a 4-0 deficit in the third inning to oust Hilldale 7-4 and improve to 29-2 overall and 12-0 in District 4A-6.
Daeya Moses and Bailey Cravens put on a show at the plate in the final four innings, accounting for six of the seven runs. The former gave the Lady Cardinals a permanent lead at 5-4 in the fourth with a three-run home run to right field, but it was Cravens who started the momentum swing.
The senior blasted a line-drive double to left field in the third, scoring Becca Manahl for the team’s first run of the game. Moses, who earned a walk moments before the hit, scored on a sacrifice fly from Rhyan Waltonbaugh four pitches later to trim the deficit to 4-2.
Next came Moses’ homer, and she was back at it again in the sixth when she scored Manahal with an RBI double to left field. Cravens drove her in on a single to center field three pitches later for the game’s final run.
Moses finished 2-for-3 at the plate with 4 RBIs and a walk while Cravens went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Verdigris tallied seven hits in all.
Evie Lemery earned the win in the circle, tossing two strikeouts on 99 pitches while allowing six hits and three walks through the full seven innings.
The Lady Cardinals return home when they welcome defending Class 5A champion Coweta (26-6) for Senior Night at 5 p.m. Thursday.