Shawnee — Paige Vick’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh of Tupelo’s epic matchup with slow-pitch powerhouse Red Oak may not have been the shot heard ‘round the world. But folks at the Class A State Tournament Wednesday at The Fields at Firelake certainly took notice.
Vick’s fly ball scored Amber Cosar from third base and completed a three-run rally in Tupelo’s final at-bats that helped the Lady Tigers stun the top-ranked Lady Eagles 5-4.
No. 9 Tupelo advanced to a Class A semifinal contest played later Wednesday evening with a 26-14 mark while a stunned Red Oak squad found itself one and done at 26-10.
Tupelo head man Jason Trimmer gathered his troops before the big inning started and reminded them of a comeback they had in a tuneup game with Class 2A No. 1 Stonewall earlier in the week — a game Tupelo won 6-5.
“I told them when they came in (the dugout) that a couple of days ago we played the No. 1 team in Class 2A and were down three runs in the seventh and we won that son of a gun. I told them we might as well do it again right now,” Trimmer explained. “I couldn’t be more proud. We’re trying to keep the joy and emotion from getting too high right now because we have a couple of more we have to win.”
The remaining results of the Class 2A State Tournament were unavailable at press time. A complete wrapup will appear in Friday’s edition of The Ada News.
Tupelo, which trailed 4-2, began the seventh with consecutive base hits from Kursten Chamberlain, Phylisha Chamberlain (an infield hit) and Cosar to load the bases. Luci Palmer followed with a double to the center field wall that scored two runs and tied the game at 4-4.