MEEKER – Meeker rallied late at home Thursday night but was unable to overtake McLoud in a 6-5 loss of a three-way with the Lady Redskins and Little Axe. Aubrey Pruitt made sure they split the day with a walk-off single to take down Little Axe 8-7.
Pruitt was 0-for-3 in the game with Little Axe prior to her two out single, but a grounder to short brought home Darien Edmonds with two outs to win the game.
The girls rallied with three runs in the third and four in the fourth, capitalized on a two-run single from Madison Hedge to take a 7-1 lead.
Little Axe fought back in the top of the fifth with back-to-back RBI doubles and a grand slam to tie up at 7.
Madison Gabeau pitched the game for Meeker and fanned nine batters and walked two. All runs were earned.
Edmonds, Hedge and Kristen Park each had a double and hedge drove in three runs to lead the Lady Bulldogs.
Pruitt drove in two runs with a single in the seventh against McLoud to get within two of tying and Kaycee Babek scored Halle Calvillo to make it a 6-5 game, but a popout from Park kept the Lady Bulldogs from forcing extras. Meeker never held the lead, but a double from Park in the bottom of the first scored Pruitt to make it a 2-1 game and keep things interesting early.
Callie Cardin didn't waste any time getting the Lady Redskins rumbling, cranking out a solo shot to lead off the game. Katelyn Hoover followed up with a double and was later brought home by Jessie Wooten to take a 2-0 advantage.
Hoover doubled again in the fifth to score Cardin and Shyann Shipman singled to drive in Hoover. Shipman doubled up in the seventh to bring in Rylee Walker and Cardin and make things out of reach for Meeker.
Karlee Higdon pitched the win for McLoud and gave up five runs on eight hits. Gabeau threw for Meeker, allowing six runs on nine hits, striking out seven and walking three.
Hoover was 3-3 at the plate and Cardin and Shipman had two hits each.
Pruitt led the attack for Meeker with three hits.
Meeker will play at Prague Tuesday at 4:30 as McLoud heads to Stroud for a 5:30 start.