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August 20, 2013

Latta girls top Seminole in ninth; Prague edges Byng; Konawa fifth

Byng —

After rain forced the games to be canceled on Friday, pool play continued early Saturday in the 2013 Byng-Konawa Back to School Classic. Both Latta and Byng had games with berths in the fifth place, third place and championship contest on the line.

Latta won a pair of close games to advance to the title contest and Byng's day ended early via a tough 5-4 loss to Prague. Despite a 4-0 loss to Tecumseh that kept them out of the third-place game, the Konawa Lady Tigers rebounded to shut out Cleveland 5-0 to capture fifth place.

Game 1

Latta 8, Seminole 2

The game was knotted at 2-2 through eight innings before Latta exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth to grab the victory.

Anna Wood put Latta on top for good with a big two-RBI double. Seminole would go on to commit five errors that helped Latta tack on four more runs in the decisive outburst.

Freshman Maria Priest got the win on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out six in the impressive complete-game outing.

The game was tied at 1-1 after time expired, and the international tiebreaker rule went into effect heading into the seventh inning.

After a scoreless seventh inning,  Shelbey Parnacher started out on second base for Latta, and Chelsea Alexander laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her to third. Maebree Abney then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Parnacher and give Latta a 2-1 lead.

Seminole answered in the bottom of the inning. Kolby Lofton singled down the left field line and drove in a run to tie the score 2-2.

Latta had eight hits in the contest, with Alexander leading the way with a 3-for-5 effort that included two doubles and two RBIs. Jordyn Scott was 2-for-4 with a double. For Seminole, Madi Withrow went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run.

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