VERDIGRIS – It’s simple. Defending 5A state champion Coweta pounded the ball. Verdigris did not. The uncharacteristic lack of offense from the Lady Cardinals made the outcome predictable.
Led by a grand-slam home run from Chaney Helton and a two-run blast from Sierra Soto, the Lady Tigers scored seven runs in the second inning and rolled to a 14-7 softball victory Thursday night at Cardinal Stadium.
Coweta (28-6) recorded 15 hits while limiting VHS to three, leading to the home team’s third loss in 32 games this season.
Verdigris took advantage of the first of five Lady Tiger errors to mount a 1-0 lead in the opening inning. Leadoff batter Daeya Moses reached on a Coweta fielding miscue, stole second and took third on a fielder’s choice.
Moses finally caught pitcher Tarun Robinson and catcher Soto napping to steal home plate. However, the glory didn’t last long.
A Coweta base hit and a pair of VHS errors loaded the bases in the second inning. Then Moses stepped up to drain the bags. Her high fly ball cleared center field, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead. Kaylie Iott singled home Dasia Mason, then Soto went to work.
Soto lumbered Evie Lemery’s pitch over the left field wall and suddenly Coweta held a commanding 7-1 lead. Verdigris failed to be impressed and scored two runs of its own in the bottom of the second.
Emma Young and Presley Tipton both walked off Lemery before Emma West singled down the first base line, driving in Young and Tipton. Trailing 7-3, the Lady Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs, but second baseman Rhyan Waltonbaugh grounded out to end the threat.
Coweta added two runs in the fourth on Whitney Holcomb’s double, but Verdigris followed in the bottom of the inning with Moses’ heroics. Two Lady Tiger errors placed Tipton and West on base, then Moses came to the plate, ripping a home run over center field.
The Lady Cardinals had life, but it was extinguished after Coweta pushed across two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Verdigris managed one last hurrah in the bottom of the seventh.
Moses walked and reached third on a fielder’s choice. With two outs, right fielder Grayce Taylor singled to left, knocking home Moses.
The Lady Cardinals are scheduled to close the regular season Tuesday at Pryor.