SHAWNEE – Senior Tiara Blackshire sent a two-run shot over the center field wall to power Shawnee past Varnum 6-4 and followed up with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Blackwell 1-0 in a pair of games Monday.
The Blackwell game was Shawnee's fifth this season to go into extra innings with all five of those coming in their last nine games. They have won each time.
“We've had a lot of those it seems like,” coach David Rolette said. “But the girls really work hard and just find a way to win.”
Scoreless going to the bottom of the eighth against Blackwell, Tatum Sparks singled and Blackshire drove her in on a hit down the first base line that just barely stayed fair.
Blackwell had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh, but the Lady Wolves lucked out on the third out of the frame. With runners at the corners, what could have been the deciding hit struck the runner going from first to second to have the ball called dead and runner out via interference and keep the game scoreless.
Baylie Enright pitched the complete game and gave up three hits. She walked five and struck out four.
Sparks and Blackshire were each 2-4 in the game and Sparks had a triple in the bottom of the first.
Blackshire brought home Sparks with a two-run blast in the sixth against the wind to beat Varnum 6-4.
Sadie Smith, Sparks and Blackshire each singled to drive in a run in the bottom of the first and Kristin Haddox grounded out to score Hallie Wilson in the second.
Varnum rallied for three runs in the third and doubled to drive in a run in the fith.
Blackshire was 2-3 and drove in three runs to lead the way for Shawnee. Wilson was 3-4 and Smith and Sparks were each 2-4.
The two tune-up games were good for Shawnee going into the postseason, Rolette said.
“We have a lot of our girls stepping up when we need them to. That was a good tune-up,” he said.
The Lady Wolves will host their regional tournament this Thursday and Friday as they seek a spot at state. They open up Thursday at noon against Nathan Hale and will play again at 6:00 p.m. if they win. If they lose their opener they will play the loser of Skiatook vs Collinsville at 4.
“I think we match up pretty good with Skiatook and Collinsville will be tough, but if we can come and take care of business we should be fine,” Rolette said.