With Verdigris holding a seven-run lead entering the fifth inning, the game was as good as over.
Faith Weiesnbach didn’t care, though. The Lady Cardinals hadn’t scored since the first inning, and she was determined to end the drought.
The senior blasted a three-run walk-off homer to leftfield, capping Verdigris’ first district win with a 10-0 decision over Locust Grove at home on Tuesday afternoon.
Weiesnbach, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with 5 RBIs, and the Lady Cardinals (3-2, 1-1 4A-6) return home at 5 p.m. today to host District 4A-6 foe Stigler.
Her other hit came in the first inning on a single to centerfield, scoring Daeya Moses and Emma West to give Verdigris a 4-0 lead.
Keeping the Lady Pirates (3-3, 0-1) at bay in the midst of the three-inning Verdigris dry spell was pitcher Jaysan Gibson.
Gibson, a senior, went the full five innings, striking out six while allowing only one hit and one walk.
MJ Fleming tallied the lone Locust Grove hit against Gibson, recording a bunt single in the third.
Gibson also co-led the Lady Cardinals at the plate alongside Weiesnbach with a 2-for-3 outing.
In all, six Lady Cardinal batters accounted for eight hits.
An error and a pair of singles from Megan Turner and Gibson put Verdigris in scoring position to lead off the first, resulting in two bases-loaded walks for a quick 2-0 lead.
Weiesnbach followed up with her aforementioned 2-RBI single, and after Gracie Anderson stole home, Jackie Zaferes pushed the advantage to 7-0 with a 3-RBI double, scoring Hailey Schoeling and Abigail Teal.
At the mercy of the Lady Cardinal bats were Locust Grove pitchers Harley Culie and Kahlynn Anderson.
Culie lasted only two-thirds of an inning, allowing seven runs on five hits and two walks with no strikeouts.
Anderson fared slightly better in the circle, striking out two while surrendering three hits, three runs and three walks.