The area’s four highest-rated softball teams — Konawa, Latta, Tupelo and Roff — literally made short work of their opposition at district tournaments Thursday.
Class 4A powers Konawa (ranked No. 2) and Latta (No. 7) needed just three games to cruise through three-team districts, Tupelo’s Lady Tigers (No. 5 in Class A) proved to be rude hosts, outscoring Mill Creek, 48-2, en route to a two-game sweep in their district tournament at Tupelo, and Class 2A No. 4 Roff posted three run-rule victories to claim the title in a four-team district at Roff.
Konawa (24-8) traveled to Wewoka and scored three run-rule victories — 10-2 over the host squad (ranked No. 20) and 12-2 and 10-2 over Warner, and Latta’s Lady Panthers (16-11) continued their recent offensive surge, banging out 13 home runs in three run-shortened victories — 13-0 over Savanna and 20-10 and 15-10 over No. 12 Silo to advance to next week’s regional tournament.
CLASS 4A DISTRICT
Konawa 10, Wewoka 2
Sydney Stoup scattered four hits and drove in two runs as the visiting the Lady Tigers wiped out a 2-0 Wewoka lead by scoring 10 runs in their final three at-bats.
Konawa took the lead with a four-run, third-inning outburst highlighted by RBI doubles from Melanie Gladden and Courtney Capps and Stoup’s RBI single, and ended the game with four more runs in the fourth and two in the fifth. Capps was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Gladden had two hits (both doubles) and drove in two runs to pace a 13-hit Konawa attack.
Konawa 12, Warner 2
Warner took an early lead with two runs in the top of the first, but Stoup’s RBI double highlighted a four-run Konawa rally in the bottom of the inning that gave the Lady Tigers the lead for good. Stoup was 3-for-3, adding a pair of two-run doubles to highlight Konawa rallies in the second and fourth innings. Capps, Gladden and Ciara Kuestersteffen all had two of the Lady Tigers’ 12 hits, and Brooklyn Akerman drove in three runs in the win.
Konawa 10, Warner 2
The Lady Tigers outhit Warner, 17-4, but they trailed 2-1 before they scored seven runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Melanie Gladden finished 2-for-3, and her three-run homer was the big blow in the fourth. Capps had another big game with three hits, and Christina Gladden (who drove in three runs), Kuestersteffen, Marcy Robertson and winning pitcher Chelsey Patterson had two hits apiece in the championship win.
“Warner isn’t bad, and Wewoka is a lot better than they’ve been the last couple of years,” Konawa coach Jennifer Matthews said. “We hit the ball pretty well and played all right defensively. We’ve yet to have everybody playing their best on one day.”
Konawa returns to action at 5 p.m. Monday, hosting Lexington in a regional tune-up.
Latta 13, Savanna 0
The Lady Panthers got two home runs from Keeli Kessinger and one apiece from Sara Miller, Devin Lyon and Cheyenne Crews in just three at-bats.
Crews’ first career home run, a three-run shot, followed Kessinger’s two-run blast and a solo homer from Miller in an eight-run, first-inning outburst, then Kessinger hit a solo homer (her 16th of the season) in the a three-run second before Lyon ended the game on the run rule with a two-run shot in the third. Sierra Green allowed just one hit and finished 2-for-2, and Makenzi Lamb and Brianna Houston added two hits apiece in the win.
Latta 20, Silo 10
Latta got home runs from five different players and wiped out Silo leads of 3-0 and 7-4 en route to the run-rule victory.
Green hit a grand slam with two outs in the first — after Kessinger and Lyon were intentionally walked ahead of her — to put Latta up 4-3, and Lamb’s two-run shot (her first varsity homer) highlighted an eight-run, second-inning rally that put Latta on top for good. Miller, who homered in all three games, added a three-run blast in the third to make it 15-8, and Taylor McDonald’s two-run homer in fifth ended the game on the run rule. Leadoff hitter Kaitlin Hisaw was 4-for-5 to pace Latta’s 17-hit attack.
Latta 15, Silo 0
The Lady Panthers left no doubt in this one, outhitting the Lady Rebels, 14-2, and ending it after just three innings.
Miller’s two-run homer was the big blow in a nine-run first inning, Green helped her own cause with a two-run shot in the second, and Lyon ended the game with a walkoff three-run blast in the third.
Miller finished 3-for-3, and McDonald and Lyon added two hits apiece, with Lyon driving in three runs in the victory.
“We hit the ball very well through all three ballgames,” Latta coach Jim Foster said. “I think we had a little case of nerves in the second game. Once we saw we were going to hit the ball, we got relaxed and played good defense.”
CLASS A DISTRICT
Tupelo 27, Mill Creek 0
The Lady Tigers scored 10 runs in their first at-bat and 15 more in their second, with seven of their 23 hits in the game going for extra bases.
Landra Nelson tossed a one-hitter and hit a two-run homer in the second inning, senior Megan Bray had three of Tupelo’s four triples and drove in four runs, and Shanna Davidson had three hits, including a triple, and scored four times while driving in six runs in the win.
Tupelo 21, Mill Creek 2
Davidson had three hits — including her first home run of the year — and drove in five runs, Bray added her fourth triple of the day and finished with three hits, four runs scored and four RBIs, and Nelson drove in three runs with a triple and a double and again allowed just one hit as Tupelo completed the sweep.
Grace Leland and Tamara Thompson added two hits, including a double apiece, and Kayley Sanders was also 2-for-2 for the Lady Tigers, who scored 20 of their runs in the first inning.
“We hit it OK, but we could have played a little better defense,” Tupelo coach Jason Goostree said after seeing his club commit four errors in the two games.
CLASS 2A DISTRICT
Roff 12, Macomb 2
Casey Kelley and J.J. Stewart both homered, and five of Roff’s 14 hits went for extra bases in the four-inning contest.
Stewart led off the third with a home run, and Kelley — whose three-run single in the first gave Roff the early lead — ended the game on the run rule with a three-run shot in the fourth to finish with three hits and six RBIs. Ashlyn McCullar and Taylor Canida added two hits and drove in two runs apiece in the win.
Roff 19, Bowlegs 0
Canida drove in six runs with a two-run double in the first and a three-run triple and RBI double in Roff’s 16-run second inning as the Lady Tigers (13-11) banged out 21 hits in just two at-bats. Tolliver also had three hits and drove in three runs, and Stewart, Jordan Grinstead and Taylor McCoy added two hits apiece and combined for four RBIs to back the two-hit pitching of Bianca Ott.
Roff 11, Macomb 1
Roff didn’t have an extra-base hit for the first time in the tournament, but the Lady Tigers put the game away with an eight-run, first-inning outburst highlighted by two-run singles from Kelley and Tori Thomas. Magan Kile also had two hits for Roff to back the four-hit pitching of Ott, who improved to 13-10 with the championship victory.
“We hit better than we have been hitting,” Roff coach Kathy Gregson said. “The girls got in a groove and seemed to be excited about the playoffs, and that makes it a lot of fun. Hopefully, we can carry it into next week.”