A late rally wasn’t enough to keep Verdigris softball from losing its second-consecutive game to a Class 5A opponent before the regional tournament.
The Lady Cardinals (29-4) scored two runs in the fifth inning when Daeya Moses and Bailey Cravens stole home on an error, but their bats stayed silent the remainder of the game in a 4-2 loss to District 5A-3 champion Pryor on Monday.
Despite the consecutive losses, Verdigris finished 12-0 in District 4A-6 action and will host Class 4A Regional 6 beginning at noon Thursday against Idabel (15-11).
Meanwhile, Pryor (25-9) went on to start its home regional in Class 5A on Wednesday, defeating Glenpool 10-0 in its first game.
The Tigerettes struck quickly against the Lady Cardinals, with Camree Hawkes opening the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning. Hawkes and Elyssa Branham then scored on the next at-bat when Gracyn Rains grounded into a fielder’s choice, giving Pryor a 3-0 lead.
Another run wasn’t scored until the stolen bases in the fifth, pulling the Lady Cardinals to within one at 3-2, but Madison Burroughs gave Pryor some breathing room in the bottom half with an RBI single to left field, which ended up being the final run of the game.
Verdigris struggled to get its bats going, finishing with only three hits. Evie Lemery, who also took the loss in the circle, led the team with two.
Lemery pitched three innings, allowing three runs on one hit and a walk on 45 pitches. Brooklyn Ray and Kaydence Bender saw time in the circle as well.
Pryor finished with seven hits as Hawkes and Carlie Wilson accounted for two hits apiece.
Brooklynn Stohler earned the win for the Tigerettes, striking out 10 on 141 pitches in a complete-game effort.