They needed three days to do it, but the fourth-ranked Tupelo Lady Tigers finally claimed the title in the Class 2A District Tournament on their home field with a 20-4 win over Boswell Saturday morning.
The tournament was supposed to open Thursday, but a wet field caused by overnight rain delayed the the opener until Friday. Then, with Tupelo holding an 11-4 lead over Boswell in the top of the sixth inning of Friday night’s championship game, lightning in advance of a severe thunderstorm caused the game to be suspended. Despite heavy overnight rains once again, the teams were able to resume play Saturday morning, and Tupelo ended the game quickly, scoring nine run in the sixth to complete the run-rule victory.
“We were actually lucky — it rained here last night, but it just packed everything down, so (the field) was playable,” Tupelo coach Jason Goostree said after seeing his club improve to 26-8 with two victories over Boswell (26-0 and 20-4) and one over Stuart (18-3) at the district. “I thought we played pretty well. We had one inning where we kind of threw the ball around a little, but overall we got good pitches to hit and did a good job.”
Tupelo was the only area softball team that didn’t complete district play, but Stonewall and Stratford needed a game Friday to decide the championships in Class A baseball districts at Indianola and Bowlegs, respectively.
The 16th-ranked Longhorns followed a pair of run-rule victories — 14-1 over Canadian and 13-0 over Indianola — with a title-clinching 7-1 win over Indianola Friday. Stratford, a 3-1 loser to Bowlegs on Thursday, bowed out of the playoffs, however, dropping a 10-0 decision in Friday’s district championship game.
CLASS 2A DISTRICT
Tupelo 20, Boswell 4
After resuming play Saturday with runners at first and second and nobody out, the Lady Tigers went on to score nine runs in the sixth inning to end the game on the run rule. Tupelo scored in every inning while pounding out 17 hits, including at least two from seven different players.
Samantha Stein had three hits — including a leadoff home run in the second inning to put the Lady Tigers up 3-0 — and four RBIs, and she also scored four times. In addition to her homer, Stein had a two-run double in the fourth to make it 9-3 and an RBI groundout in the sixth.
Taylor McCoy also drove in four runs with a triple in the third, a groundout in the fifth and a two-run double in the sixth, and Chesna Henry added a two-out, two-run double in the first inning and a two-out RBI double in the fourth. Shanna Davidson, Tamara Thompson, Grace Leland and winning pitcher Landra Nelson also had two hits apiece and combined to drive in five runs and scored seven times.
Tupelo 26, Boswell 0
Nelson allowed two hits over four innings and drove in five runs with a triple and two doubles to lead the Lady Tigers to the run-rule victory.
Tupelo took command with a seven-run third inning and ended the game on with a 16-run fourth-inning explosion. Leland hit a grand slam, and Davidson had a triple and a double and drove in three runs for the Lady Tigers, who also got two hits, four runs scored and two RBIs from Kaylie Sanders and two hits apiece from Henry and Stein.
Tupelo 18, Stuart 3
Davidson had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and three RBIs, and Thompson and Stein both homered in a game shortened to three innings by the run rule.
Stein’s two-out, three-run homer was the big blow in Tupelo’s five-run first inning, and Thompson — who finished with five RBIs — capped a five-run second-inning outburst with a two-out grand slam.
Aspen Collins had two hits for the Lady Tigers, who ended the game on the run rule with eight runs in the third.
CLASS A DISTRICT
Stonewall 7, Indianola 1
Dakota Gore and Dakota McCollum combined on a one-hitter, and batterymate Jordan Curtis homered as Stonewall (14-13) wrapped up a dominant three-game performance.
The Longhorns snapped a scoreless tie with a four-run fourth-inning rally highlighted by Morre Prince’s two-run single and McCollum’s RBI hit.
Stonewall added three more in the sixth, with Curtis’s two-run blast and McCollum’s RBI double accounting for all three runs. McCollum finished 3-for-4 to pace a 10-hit attack, and Marcus Sandy added two hits in the win.
Gore allowed one hit over five innings before McCollum came on to finish up.