SULPHUR — The Sulphur Lady Bulldogs had to do things the hard way, but they did it — they won their Class 5A District Tournament on Friday.
After losing to the Dickson Lady Comets 5-3 in the first championship game, the Lady Bulldogs (16-10), ranked 17th in Class 5A, beat their Lake Country Conference rivals twice by scores of 18-9 and 11-6.
Sulphur opened the day with a 3-1 win over No. 19 Lexington, which was then eliminated by Dickson in the next game.
“I was glad to see my girls come back and fight after the first loss against Dickson,” Sulphur coach Blake Crawford said. “We had not hit the ball well during the first two games, but we did a good job at the plate in the last two. Also, our defense was solid in all four games.”
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Sulphur 11, Dickson 6
The Lady Bulldogs broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the second inning to take a 6-1 lead, and they never lost the lead from there.
Kylie Stout had three hits, while Darsha Reagle, Sierra McCurry, Talley Magruder, Taylor Flowers and Kenzie Ramer all had two hits apiece for Sulphur. Destiny Rodgers (6-2 after getting all of the pitching decisions on the day) got the win.
Sulphur 18, Dickson 9
Already leading 4-0 after three innings, the Lady Bulldogs put the game away with a 10-run fourth inning.
LaTisha Smith hit two home runs on the day, one a grand-slam homer, to end the day 3-for-4 with nine runs batted in and two runs scored for Sulphur.
Chelsea Reeves had a four-hit game, while Magruder, Reagle, Rodgers and McCurry all joined Smith in having three-hit outings.
Dickson 5, Sulphur 3
Trailing 2-0 after an inning, the Lady Comets scored once in the second inning and four runs in the fifth inning to get the come-from-behind victory.
In defeat, Reeves was 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Taylor Edgar was 2-for-3 with a run batted in for Sulphur.
Sulphur 3, Lexington 1
In a battle of Lady Bulldogs, Sulphur scored single runs in the first, third and sixth innings for a 3-0 lead before Lexington scored its lone run in the seventh.
Reagle and Magruder both were 2-for-3 with a homer and a run batted in for Sulphur.
Stonewall girls outlast Wetumka to win Class 2A District Tournament
WETUMKA — It took until about 11 p.m. Wednesday, but the Stonewall Lady Longhorns were able to outlast the host Wetumka Lady Chieftains, not just once but twice, to win the Class 2A District Tournament.
Stonewall (20-15), ranked 15th in Class 2A, beat the host Lady Chieftains, who earlier defeated them 6-3, by a score of 4-3 in the first title game, forcing a winner-take-all second championship game — which Stonewall won 14-3.
Stonewall opened the day with an 11-0 rout of Indianola before losing to No. 19 Wetumka. In the game to reach the championship round, the Lady ’Horns edged Canadian 8-7.
“It was one LONG, CRAZY day!!!,” Stonewall coach Christie Jennings said. “We came out flat and struggled to bring runs across the plate. We fought and clawed to get back to the championship game. We came together that last game and caught fire. I had so many kids step up. I had several underclassmen have big games. We are just excited to get to play another week.”
Stonewall 14, Wetumka 3
The Lady Longhorns broke open a close game with a nine-run fifth inning to end up winning the game by run rule.
Brettney Brady had four hits, Cheyanne Miller, Kaitlinn Wright and Breann Gipson all had three hits and Amanda Transue (20-15 with all pitching decisions on the day), Paige Curtis, Kim Helms and Savannah Burwell had two hits apiece to pace Stonewall’s 25-hit attack.
Stonewall 4, Wetumka 3
The Lady Longhorns broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the ninth inning to force the second title game.
Burwell had four hits, Transue and Curtis had three hits apiece and Brady, Wright, Breann Gipson, Helms, Bradianne Daniel and Neicole Thompson all had two hits for Stonewall.
Stonewall 8, Canadian 7
The Lady ’Horns broke a 7-7 tie with a run in the eighth inning to stay alive, and reach the championship round.
Curtis had a four-hit game to pace a 17-hit attack for Stonewall. Breann Gipson and Helms each had three hits apiece, while Brady had two hits.
Wetumka 6, Stonewall 3
Trailing 3-1 after two innings, the Lady Chieftains scored three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to get the come-from-behind victory.
In defeat, Daniel, Breann Gipson and Transue each had three hits, while Brady, Wright and Brittany Gipson had two hits apiece for Stonewall.
Stonewall 11, Indianola 0
The Lady ’Horns scored three runs in the first two innings for a 6-0 lead, and never looked back in their 19-hit affair.
Daniel, Breann Gipson and Transue each had three hits, while Brady, Wright and Brittany Gipson all had two hits for Stonewall.