CLASS 2A REGIONAL
Coalgate 4, Rush Spring 3
COALGATE 102 001 0 — 4 11 3
RUSH SPRINGS 000 003 0 — 3 5 1
Haley Johnson and Kalee Pebworth. Fitzpatrick and Jones. WP-Johnson. LP-Fitzpatrick. 3B-Jordan Helton (C). 2B-Helton, Pebworth, Tina Pothoff (C). HL-Helton 4-4, 2 RS, Pebworth 2-4, RBI, Pothoff 2 RBIs, Johnson 1-4, RBI, 5 Ks, Davidson 2-4, RS (C).
NOTEWORTHY: After building a 4-0 lead, the ninth-ranked Lady Wildcats survived a three-run outburst by No. 13 Rush Springs in the bottom of the sixth. Tina Pothoff had a huge two-RBI double for Coalgate while Jordan Helton went a perfect 4-for-4 with a triple, a double and scored twice. Kalee Pebworth finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Healdton 1, Coalgate 0
COALGATE 000 000 0 — 0 8 3
HEALDTON 010 000 x — 1 2 0
Haley Johnson and Kalee Pebworth. Tara Branch and Marla Scott. WP-Branch (15-10). LP-Johnson. 2B-Jordan Helton (C). HL-Sierra Loudermilk 3-3, Becca Crow 2-2, Shelby Austin 1-2, Lyndi Davidson 1-3, Helton 1-3, Johnson 7 Ks (C).
NOTEWORTHY: The seventh-ranked host Healdton squad scored a lone run in the bottom of the second and made that 1-0 lead stand in earning the coveted spot in this week’s Class 2A State tournament. Tara Branch, who also earned the mound win, led off the HHS second with a single, and courtesy runner Brittany Harrison went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Aundi Pemberton. Then, with two outs, Kelsey Jenkins singled to left field and an error in the outfield gave Harrison just enough time to score ahead of the throw home. After that, CHS hurler Haley Johnson shut the Lady Bulldogs out over the final four frames. Coalgate, which had eight hits in the contest, had a golden opportunity to score in the third after getting runners at first and second with no outs. But Healdton threw a runner out at the plate to get out of the jam. Coalgate would get thrown out trying to score again in the seventh and Healdton also turned two double plays in the contest. Sierra Loudermilk went 3-for-3 in the loss for Coalgate while Becca Crow added a pair of singles. Johnson struck out seven and allowed just two hits in the hard-luck mound loss.
COACHES QUOTE: “Haley was bringing it. They scored that run in the second and never threatened again. We went up there and competed. We didn’t have our full squad, but we didn’t back down,” — Coalgate head coach David Durbin.
Team Record: Coalgate finishes season at 27-14; Healton (24-16).