A four-game losing streak didn’t set well with Lone Grove heading into the Plainview Invitational.
So, what did the Lady Horns do?
They made changes to their lineup and also with their pregame routine.
The Lady Horns won three of four games to earn second place in a two-day tournament that was held at Regional Park in Ardmore.
Washington 11, Lone Grove 2
Lone Grove was unable to build on an early lead against the three-time defending Class 3A state champion in the first-place game Saturday afternoon.
In the top of the first, Brooklyn Mason led off with a bunt single and later scored the game’s first run on a Kacee Dellis RBI line-drive double.
Washington answered with two runs in the home half of the first and distanced itself from Lone Grove (11-8) on the power of an eight-run outburst in the second.
Shelby Stevenson’s RBI ground-out in the third accounted for the Lady Horns’ second run.
Washington out-hit Lone Grove 12-4.
Lone Grove 10, Valliant 2
Lone Grove capitalized on six Valiant errors in the final game of pool play for both teams Saturday.
Mason jump-started the Lady Horns’ offense in the lead-off position in the batting order. She went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Dellis contributed two hits in three at-bats.
Cassidy Baughman pitched well for Lone Grove, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts, to notch the complete-game victory.
Lone Grove took a 4-2 led into the top of the third when the Lady Horns proceeded to tack on six more runs to turn a close game into a rout.
McMurtrey and Nail drove in the first two runs with an RBI double apiece.
Moreover, Lone Grove was aided by three Valiant errors.
Lone Grove 7, Norman North 4
Stevenson let a couple pitches that were thrown inside by Norman North’s pitcher go past her without a swing of the bat.
She had a gut feeling that she was going to see a similar pitch during her at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Stephenson made sure that she made contact this time around, crushing a three-run home run over the left-field fence that put Lone Grove ahead by four runs Friday afternoon.
“I just knew that I had to step up,” she said. “We’ve been losing these past couple of games and we just wanted to really win this one.”
Moments prior to Stephenson’s home run, Adara Finnerty untied a 3-3 score with an RBI bunt single.
Finnerty finished a perfect 2-for-2.
Mason starred with a three-for-three performance to go along with two runs scored.
“We’re all really good hitters throughout the lineup, so it’s not like we have any outs with anybody,” said sophomore Maci McMurtrey, who lined an RBI double into left field in the home half of the third to knot the score at 3-3.
Baughman notched the complete-game victory. She allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with five strikeouts.
Lone Grove 21, Marietta 0
Baughman tossed a one-hitter Friday in the tournament opener.
The Lady Horns scored 17 runs in the first inning.
Lone Grove was issued 10 walks by Marietta pitching.
Taleigh Nail had four RBIs. Dellis and Abbi Atkinson each drove in three runs.
McMurtrey finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs.