SHAWNEE — Proudly displayed at the top of the Oolagah-Talala bus is the phrase “Home of Mustang Magic.”
There was only one magic show going on Thursday afternoon, and Lone Grove’s Emmy Guthrie was the ringleader of it.
The Lady Horns sophomore ace pitcher put on a dazzling show in the circle, finishing with 12 strikeouts while allowing just one hit as Lone Grove moved into the Class 4A state semifinals with a 9-0 victory over the Lady Mustangs at Firelake Casino in Shawnee.
Lone Grove (26-6) will play this morning at 11 a.m. against Newcastle, with the winner moving onto the state finals at 4 p.m. today.
“I have to give it all to my catcher Logan (Graves), Guthrie said. “There are a lot of pitches that I miss, and she makes them look really good. We’ve been best friends since kindergarten, so it’s very easy to relax when you have someone like that out there with you.”
“We’re just trying to fight and make a play every game,” Guthrie added. “I give the glory to God for today, and we’re just very thankful that God has given us the opportunity to be here. We had so many underclassmen step up today, and that was so great to see today.”
One of the biggest differences in the game was the fact that Lone Grove had at least one base runner in every inning Thursday, where the Lady Mustangs registered just two the entire seven innings.
Lone Grove was able to score in five out of seven innings Thursday, scoring two runs in the second and seventh innings alone.
It was the Lady Horns resident sister act in Maci and Malea McMurtrey getting the job done in the second inning.
After Logan Ketchum got a two-out double off a fly ball which Lady Mustang players lost track of in the sun, Maci McMurtrey got a favorable bounce of her own when she sent a fly ball down the third base line which landed in fair territory to score Ketchum.

Malea then stepped up and slid in feet first to earn a single moments later, when the umpire at third base awarded Maci home plate when interference was called, giving Lone Grove a 2-0 lead.

But the biggest break was yet to come for the Lady Horns.

In the top of the third, Noa Dodson sent a shot to left field which scored two runs and landed her on second.

But, an errant throw allowed Dodson to scramble all the way home to score, giving the Lady Horns a 5-0 advantage after three innings.

“We scored a lot of runs with two outs today,” Lone Grove coach Jimmy Miller said. “Noa (Dodson) is always going to play hard for us. If you can hustle, you will run yourself into success a lot of times. She came up big for us in that situation.”

“You have to be ready to go at this time of the year,” Miller added. “If we’re having to work to get you ready to go then it’s too late.”

Logan Graves added to the Lady Horns lead in the top of the fifth with an RBI double to center which scored Abbi Atkinson, before she made it 7-0 with a sacrifice fly RBI in the sixth.

Maci and Malea McMurtrey each added RBI singles in the seventh to finish off the game.