OKLAHOMA CITY — While she might be listed as a freshman, Lone Grove pitcher Emmy Guthrie threw like a seasoned veteran Thursday night when it mattered most.
In the state quarterfinals against Grove, Guthrie allowed just one earned run on two hits as the Lady Horns booked their place in the state semifinals against Bethel with a 3-1 victory at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Lone Grove will meet the Lady Wildcats at 1:30 p.m. today from Field 4.
“My defense was amazing the entire night,” Guthrie said. “They were always telling me the entire game that I could do it. When Taleigh (Nail) got that first run for it then it was like a snowball and everything just got rolling from there for us.”
Before Guthrie even threw her first pitch, she was given a confidence boost in the best way possible.
After Sami Skelly was walked with two outs in the top of the first inning, Taleigh Nail stepped to the plate and sent a base hit to right field, allowing Skelly to score from first, giving the Lady Horns a 1-0 advantage.
In the top of the fourth inning, catcher Logan Graves gave the Lady Horns some breathing room as she slapped an RBI single through the left side, which scored Nail, putting LGHS up 2-0.
Graves would play another big role in the game as she hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to give the Lady Horns what was then a 3-0 advantage.
“I knew I had to do my job and just drive it somewhere,” Graves said about the fourth inning RBI. “The third run was huge for us and I was just thinking about putting a swing on it and moving the runners at that moment.”
The third run of the game came in handy for the Lady Horns, as Grove managed to score its only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Megan Tramel beat out a throw at first for an RBI single.
Guthrie though wasn’t so generous the rest of the evening as she shut the door on Grove.
“A lot of things were shaky out there today,” Lone Grove coach Jimmy Miller said. “I’m very proud though of these girls. They worked through things and did a lot of things right. Taleigh was one of our players of the game definitely out there.”
“This is a completely different environment out here,” Miller added. “Emmy has been great for us all year and she just went out there and played great for us.”
Guthrie finished with nine strikeouts in the game for Lone Grove.