The driver's seat. That is exactly where the Shawnee Lady Wolves softball squad put themselves after a 7-1 regional tournament win over the Collinsville Lady Cardinals Friday evening at the FireLake Ball Fields. The decision capped a two-win day and has the ladies one win away from the state tournament next week.

The driver's seat. That is exactly where the Shawnee Lady Wolves softball squad put themselves after a 7-1 regional tournament win over the Collinsville Lady Cardinals Friday evening at the FireLake Ball Fields. The decision capped a two-win day and has the ladies one win away from the state tournament next week.

“I thought we made a statement right from the start,” said Shawnee skipper David Rolette. “Collinsville came into the game pretty confident, but we put them on their heels early.”

Shawnee scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Saidey Smith got things started with a single to right field and freshman Tatum Sparks ripped an RBI triple to right center for the first run. With two outs and Sparks at third, Kristin Haddox found a hole and scored Sparks to make it 2-0. After a wild pitch and a passed ball, Haddox found her way to third base, and then scored after a free pass was given to Carly Torbett and a run-scoring single by Laynie Rimer. That made the count 3-0 and left room for another RBI single by Skyla Copeland to end the four-run inning.

“Our speed really made them uncomfortable,” said Rolette. In the inning, the Lady Cardinal battery accounted for two wild pitches and a passed ball.

It was freshman hurler Baylie Enright's turn in the bottom half of the inning. Enright kept the Collinsville batters off balance and never panicked after giving up back-to-back singles with one out. With runners at second and third Enright struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

“She's not overpowering (Enright), but she moves the ball around so well,” said Rolette. “She really kept them off balance.”

It was more of the same in the second inning for the Shawnee bats. Hallie Wilson led off the inning with a stand-up triple to right center and Smith followed with an infield single. After another Collinsville wild pitch put the runners at second and third, Sparks laced a two-run double to left. Sparks went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs in the contest. That upped the count to 6-0 after two innings.

The Lady Wolves scored again in the third on an RBI single by Smith. She drove in Kali Kasterke, who had singled earlier in the inning.

Enright and the Lady Wolves defense cruised for five innings, until giving up a lone run in the bottom half of the sixth. Enright finished the game with four strikeouts and no walks. She scattered nine hits in the seven innings pitched.

Earlier Friday, the Lady Wolves defeated Tulsa-Hale 13-0.

The Lady Wolves will now face the winner of the elimination game between Skiatook and Collinsville. Shawnee will face the winner of that contest today at 2 pm at FireLake.

Shawnee spilt two games with Skiatook earlier in the season.