ROFF — When the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs and the Roff Lady Tigers met Thursday afternoon at Lady Tiger Field, both teams were trying to snap out of their somewhat doldrums they were both suffering. The good news for the Lady Bulldogs is that they did.
Trailing 2-0 after an inning and 3-1 after two innings, the Lady Bulldogs took advantage of one critical Roff error to help fuel a three-run fourth inning to put them up for good as they posted a 9-4 win over the Lady Tigers.
Down 3-1 entering the third inning, Darsha Reagle led off the inning with her 13th home run of the season to cut the deficit to 3-2.
After back-to-back singles by Talley Magruder and Chelsea Reeves put runners at first and second with no outs, Roff pitcher Bianca Ott retired the next two batters, but on LaTisha Smith’s fly ball the two runners advanced to second and third with two outs.
Taylor Edgar hit a fly ball to right field for what would have been the third out of the inning, but the ball was dropped — allowing both runners on base to score to give Sulphur a 4-3 lead after three innings. The Lady Bulldogs (12-9), ranked 16th in Class 5A, never trailed again.
In the fifth inning, a two-RBI single by Magruder and an RBI single by Reeves produced three more runs for a 7-3 advantage.
The Lady Tigers (10-11), ranked fourth in Class 2A, got their final run of the game in their half of the inning on a two-out, RBI double by Catie Tolliver to cut the deficit to 7-4. But that would be as close as the hosts would get.
A two-run homer by Edgar, her third round-tripper of the spring, produced the game’s final two runs in the sixth inning to give Sulphur a 9-4 lead.
“We did a few things better,” Sulphur coach Blake Crawford said. “We played better defense, and we did come up with a few big hits. We still stranded runners (four) on base to keep us from scoring more runs, but there were a couple of bright spots — defense being one of them. Lately, we’ve been making four or five errors, and we only had one. That (win) is just what we needed.”
The game started off great for the Lady Tigers. A pair of sacrifice flies by Tera Otis and Taylor Canida gave Roff a 2-0 lead in the opening inning.
Sierra McCurry hit her 15th homer of the season, a solo shot, in the second inning to get Sulphur on the board, down 2-1.
Roff got that run back in its half of the frame on Ashlyn McCullar’s sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 after two innings.
“I felt like even before we played that it was going to be a good game,” Roff coach Kathy Gregson said. “I thought we were going to do some nice things, and the girls were up. We had that one miscue. I told the girls that they’re going to make mistakes, and what they do afterwards is what matters. That’s one thing we’ve been battling — our mental approach to the game. We’re trying to keep those things from snowballing. It’s going to take a lot of leadership and growing up.”
For the game, Magruder was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two runs batted in, Reagle was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Reeves was 2-for-4 with a run scored, McCurry was 1-for-4, a homer, a run scored and an RBI and Edgar was 1-for-3, a two-run homer and a run scored for Sulphur. Destiny Rodgers (2-1) got the win for the Lady Bulldogs.
In defeat, Tolliver was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a run batted in, while Magan Kile was 2-for-3 for Roff. Ott (10-9) suffered the loss for the Lady Tigers.
Both teams were to have a busy weekend at the Hall of Fame Spring Classic in Oklahoma City today and Saturday. But today’s games were canceled, and no word on how they would be made up was known by press time this morning. Saturday’s slate was to have Sulphur meeting Class 5A’s 13th-ranked Morris at 3 p.m.
For Roff, the Lady Tigers will meet unranked Webbers Falls at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.