As the sun began to set over Oklahoma Thursday night, the Lone Grove Lady Horns were just beginning their third straight trip to the state softball tournament.
As the sun began to set over Oklahoma Thursday night, the Lone Grove Lady Horns were just beginning their third straight trip to the state softball tournament. Unfortunately, the Lady Mustangs from Oologah-Talala made sure the curtain fell a little too early for Lone Grove. Two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Lady Horns were eliminated in the state quarterfinals at Firelake Casino in Shawnee by a score of 3-1. Lone Grove allowed a run in the bottom of the first when an error put them in a 1-0 deficit. The Lady Horns offense was kept silent for most of the evening, but in the top of the fifth they finally got a breakthrough. Logan Ketchum slapped an RBI triple to center field which scored Malea McMurtrey to tie the game at 1-1. Unfortunately, the Lady Horns couldn’t bring Ketchum home later in the inning, and they would be made to pay for it. In the bottom of the sixth with two outs, a hard ground ball resulted in an error, allowing two runs to score, proving to be the difference in the game. Ketchum finished 2-for-4 in the game with an RBI, while McMurtrey was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Amy Guthrie took the loss on the mound, throwing six innings of work. She allowed three runs (0 earned) on five hits with 13 strikeouts. Lone Grove ends its season with an overall record of 27-5.