LONE GROVE — While it might have been unusual seeing Lone Grove softball begin a regional tournament on a Wednesday, there was nothing out of the ordinary as it pertained to results.
The Lady Horns managed to sweep their way through the competition at Glenn Wendt Field, defeating both Elgin and Cushing.
Lone Grove needs just one win today to secure a state berth for the third straight season. The Lady Horns will play at 2 p.m.
Lone Grove 10 Elgin 0 F/5
Emmy Guthrie did what she does best in the postseason in the opening game Wednesday.
She shined and showed off her arm.
Guthrie tossed a five inning no-hitter against the Lady Owls from Elgin, finishing with 11 strikeouts as Lone Grove cruised into the winners bracket.
Paige Anderson broke the game open in the bottom of the first when she slapped a three-RBI single to center, before Noa Dodson brought home two more runs later in the inning off an RBI single.
Malea McMurtrey made it 6-0 in the bottom of the third when she got an RBI single off a line drive to right, before Chloe Yeatts got an RBI single to left in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-0.
Later in the fourth, Chloe Pender would score when Anderson tagged her home on a sacrifice fly RBI.
McMurtrey and Lexi Meadows would team up to finish off the Lady Owls in the bottom of the fifth as each hit RBI’s to finish the game.
Anderson finished the game 1-for-2 with a run scored and four RBI’s while McMurtrey was 3-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI’s.
Lone Grove 5 Cushing 1
Lone Grove is no stranger to having Dodson’s step up in big situations.
In the nightcap Wednesday, it was Noa Dodson channeling her older sister Nova, as she powered the Lady Horns to a victory over the Cushing Lady Pirates.
Dodson broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fourth when she slapped a two-RBI single to center field which scored Chloe Pender and Paige Anderson.
She would strike again in the bottom of the sixth as she collected an RBI double to center, before Anderson scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
Jordan Ramsay would make it 5-0 when she got an RBI groundout later in the same inning.
Cushing tried to mount a comeback in the seventh, but could only muster one run.
Dodson finished the game 2-for-3 with one run scored and three RBI’s.
Emmy Guthrie got the win on the mound, throwing a complete game. She allowed one earned run on four hits with two walks and 14 strikeouts.