COMMERCE – Verdigris softball is on a tear.
The Lady Cardinals extended their winning streak to eight games over the weekend, going 5-0 with three shutouts to win the Commerce Lady Tiger Classic. Coach Brian Keith’s squad earned the tournament championship over district rival Locust Grove in a high-scoring affair Saturday, claiming a 20-10 victory.
It was their third win of the season over the Lady Pirates, defeating them 8-7 on Aug. 18 before besting them by that same margin in the first game of the Lady Tiger Classic on Thursday.
Verdigris (16-5) plays Locust Grove again Tuesday on the road in District 4A-6 action.
The Lady Cardinals notched 24 hits with no strikeouts in the tournament finale, and Kaydence Bender led the way with a 5-for-5 performance at the plate with 5 RBIs. Parker Allee (5 RBIs) and Gracie Anderson (1 RBI) both went 4-for-4 while Becca Manahl and Presley Tipton added three hits apiece and 6 RBIs combined.
Emma West managed multiple hits as well with two.
Allee’s performance was especially impactful.
In addition to her perfect plate outing, which included a two-run homer and two doubles, she also earned the win the circle despite allowing 14 hits – including two triples and three doubles – and a walk with one strikeout on 105 pitches through six innings.
After beating Locust Grove in the tournament opener behind a walk-off double from Manahl – who also tacked on an RBI triple – Verdigris cruised to the title game with victories of 9-0, 13-0 and 10-0 over Commerce, Afton and Bluejacket, respectively.
The Lady Cardinals allowed only eight hits combined in the shutout wins, which lasted 12 innings in all. Allee pitched them to victory against Locust Grove (Game 1) and Bluejacket as well, finishing the tournament with six strikeouts while surrendering 23 hits and two walks through 14 innings.
Brylee Ray took care of pitching duties against Commerce and Afton, striking out five with no walks and eight hits through eight innings.
Verdigris finished with 61 hits in all through the five games, and Daeya Moses led the way with nine hits, including a three-run inside-the-park homer against Bluejacket. Allee, Manahl and Bender were close behind with eight hits apiece while Tipton, West and Cravens each managed six.