Prep Baseball Capsules
CLASS A REGIONAL
Latta 7, Ripley 5
LATTA 330 001 0 — 7 8 0
RIPLEY 201 011 0 — 5 8 4
Tyler Reeves, Dalton Brown (3) and Taylor Whitis. Sadler and Hoffman. WP-Brown. LP-Sadler. HR-Grimes 2 (R). 2B-Tilley, Dale (R), Dalton Brown, Logan Reed (L). HL-Dude Brown 2-4, 2 RS, 2 SB; Dalton Brown 2-3, RS, 2 RBIs; Reed 2-4, 3 RBIs; Jay Husband 1-4, RBI (L); Grimes 3-4, 2 RS, 4 RBIs.
NOTEWORTHY: Latta built a 6-2 lead after two innings and held on to advance as the second team out of the regional to the Class A state tournament. Freshman Logan Reed had a two-run single in a three-run Latta first inning, then, after Ripley cut the lead to a run on a two-run homer in the bottom of the second, the Panthers made it 6-2 with three runs in the second with the help of a Ripley error and an RBI single by Jay Husband and RBI double by Reed. Ripley eventually cut the lead to 6-4, then Latta got an insurance run in the top of the sixth on a single by Dude Brown and a clutch two-out double by winning pitcher Dalton Brown. Ripley scored a run and had runners at second and third with nobody out, but Brown struck out three of the next four hitters (and walked the other intentionally to load the bases) to end the threat.
COACHES QUOTE: “I just think we won the game because our kids were mentally tougher. We played so many close games that it paid off. My kids really came back after looking so bad against Dale (in a 10-0 loss) Thursday. It’s a good thing we scored early, because their pitcher really settled down after the second inning. These guys were like a bad cough. They just wouldn’t go away.” — Latta coach Eddie Collins.
Class A Regional
Dale 10, Latta 0
DALE 121 401 — 10 9 1
LATTA 000 000 — 0 1 5
Seth Terry and Jarod Palmer. Jay Husband, Mike Hood (5) and Taylor Whitis. WP-Terry. LP-Husband. HR-Dillon Streber (D). 3B-Ty Flewallen (D). 2B-Barry Manship 2 (D), Wacey Henderson (L). HL-Manship 2-4, 4 RBIs (D); Henderson 1-2 (L).
NOTEWORTHY: Dale banged out nine hits and took advantage of five Latta errors to score five unearned runs in the run-rule victory over the Panthers.
COACHES QUOTE: “That wasn’t like us. We didn’t play very well, but Dale looked pretty good to me. We gave them opportunities, and they took advantage of them. Seth Terry was much better last night than the first time we faced him this year.” — Latta coach Eddie Collins.
Team Record: Latta 21-10.
Latta 2, Ripley 1
RIPLEY 000 001 0 — 1 3 2
LATTA 001 001 x — 2 4 1
Robinson and Hoffman. Roy Terry and Taylor Whitis. WP-Terry. LP-Robinson. HR-Dalton Brown (L). 2B-Grimes (R). HL-Brown 2-3, RS, RBI; Tyler Reeves 1-3, Logan Reed 1-3 (L); Grimes 1-3 (R).
NOTEWORTHY: Roy Terry tossed a three-hitter, and Dalton Brown cracked a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the sixth to lead Latta to the victory and to within one victory of the Class A state tournament. The Panthers came back to lose to Dale later in the day but only need a win over the winner of today’s first game between Ripley and Okarche to advance. Terry struck out eight and walked just one batter, and he pitched out of second-and-third, nobody-out situation in sixth, allowing just an unearned run to tie the game. Brown then broke the tie with his blast in the bottom of the inning.
COACHES QUOTE: “Roy pitched exceptionally well and gave us a big win when we needed it. He went out and gave us a chance to win." — Latta coach Eddie Collins.
CLASS A REGIONAL
Roff 10, Sterling 0
STERLING 000 000 — 0 4 3
ROFF 050 122 — 10 6 0
Aaron Henase, Austin Schettler and Galen Brantley. Blake Logan, Michael Albritton (6) and Atlee Kile. WP-Logan (5-0). LP-Henase. 2B-Daniel Boss, Colton Lancaster, Matt Potts, Dayne Parker (R). HL-Logan Lomas 2-3, RS, 2 RBIs; Boss 1-3, RS; Lancaster 1-2, RS; Potts 1-3, 2 RBIs; Parker 1-4, 2 RS (R).
NOTEWORTHY: Roff got doubles from four different players, and freshman Blake Logan and junior Michael Albritton combined on a four-hitter as the third-ranked Tigers scored the run-rule victory to move to within a game of the Class A state tournament.
Roff 11, Ft. Cobb-Broxton 3
ROFF 202 000 7 — 11 12 1
FT. COBB 003 000 0 — 3 6 2
Caleb Bass and Atlee Kile. Wilson and Crowell. WP-Bass (6-2). LP-Wilson. HR-Bass (R). HL-Dayne Parker 3-5, 3 RS; Aaron Cornell 2-3, 2 RS, RBI; Bass 1-3, 2 RS, 2 RBIs; Logan Lomas 2-4, RS, 3 RBIs; Michael Albritton 2-3, RBI; Blake Logan 1-3, 2 RBIs (R).
NOTEWORTHY: Caleb Bass scattered six hits and two-run first-inning home run to lead Roff to the victory and back to the Class A state tournament. Logan Lomas had a two-run single in the third to give Roff a 4-0 lead, then, after Ft. Cobb scored three times in the bottom of the third, the teams didn’t score again until Roff exploded for seventh runs in a seventh inning that featured a two-run single by Blake Logan and an RBI single by Lomas.
COACHES QUOTE: “We’re just glad to be suriving this time of year. The pitchers threw it well. Ft. Cobb is tough. We had to make a few adjustments on the mound, because they were hitting it pretty well early. We’re just glad to be playing next week.” — Roff coach Ead Simon.
Team Record: Roff 26-6
CLASS B REGIONAL
Tupelo 15, Glencoe 0
GLENCOE 000 00 — 0 1 1
TUPELO 161 7x — 15 15 1
Dalton Slavens, Derrick Slavens (2) and Kally Fanning. Randy McCurry, Cameron Mann (5) and Mann, Brendan McCurry (5). WP-McCurry. LP-Slavens. HR-William Boaz, Mann (T). 2B-Casey McCollum 2, Mann, Paul Sweeney (T). HL-Sweeney 4-4, RS, 2 RBIs; Boaz 2-3, 3 RS, 2 RBIs; McCollum 2-3, 3 RS, RBI; Mann 2-3, RS, 2 RBIs; Randy McCurry 2-3, RS, RBI; Brendan McCurry 1-2, 2 RS, RBI; Chad Woods 2-2, 2 RS; Jeremy Stein 1-2, RS, RBI (T).
Tupelo 15, Kiowa 0
TUPELO 186 00 — 15 9 1
KIOWA 0000 00 — 0 1 2
Brendan McCurry, Chad Woods (4) and Cameron Mann. Bo Lewis, Clayton Nichols (3) and Hunter Reed. WP-McCurry. LP-Lewis. 2B-William Boaz, Casey McCollum, Brendan McCurry, Jeremy Stein (T). HL-Sweeney 2-4, 2 RS, 4 RBIs; Boaz 1-2, 3 RS; McCollum 1-1, 3 RS, 2 RBIs; Mann 1-1, 2 RS, RBI; Randy McCurry 1-2, RS; B. McCurry 1-2, RBI; Jared Romines 1-2, RS, 2 RBIs; Stein 1-3, RS, RBI (T).
Prep Softball Capsules
CLASS 2A REGIONAL
Latta 4, Commerce 1
LATTA 000 010 3 — 4 5 4
COMMERCE 100 000 0 — 1 4 5
Autumn Lawrence and Tosha MacCollister. Smith and Williams. WP-Larence. LP-Smith. 3B-Gena McCraw (L). HL-Jackye Rosser 2-4, Caitlyn James 1-2, McCraw 3 RBIs (L).
NOTEWORTHY: With the game knotted at 1-1, Gena McCraw hit a two-out, bases-loaded triple in the top of the seventh inning to push No. 8 Latta to a 4-1 win over 14th-ranked Commerce. Kahla White reached on an error and one out later, Caitlin James followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt. But White reached second just ahead of a throw and Tasha MacCollister then walked to load the bases. After Commerce got another out, McCraw ripped the first pitch she saw for the exciting game-winner. Latta fell behind 1-0 after the first, but LHS hurler Autumn Lawrence shut out the Lady Tigers the rest of the way. She struck out six and scattered four hits. Latta tied the game on Tosha MacCollister’s RBI groundout in the top of the fifth. The Lady Panthers will be making their first-ever trip to the fast-pitch state tournament.
COACHES QUOTE: “That was a big hit by McCraw. We had been kind of flat. We acted like we were a little road weary and we probably were (after the two-and-a-half hour bus ride). We went through some adversity early in the season, but the kids stepped up and played a real good regional. Everybody’s excited here at Latta. This is the first time they’ve qualified for the state tournament,” — Latta head coach Jim Foster.
Team Record: Latta 18-13.
Other Regional Score: Commerice 8, Mounds 2
Up Next: Latta vs. TBA at Class 2A State Tournament at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
CLASS 2A REGIONAL
Konawa 3, Luther 2
LUTHER 000 100 1 — 2 3 3
KONAWA 000 001 2 — 3 7 2
Black and Hansen. Hilary Kuestersteffen and Erin Fixico. WP-Kuestersteffen (19-13). LP-Black. 3B-Boydston (L). HL-Boydston 1-3, RS (L); Christina Gladden 2-4, RS; Sara Reeves 2-4, RS, RBI; Amanda Prewett 2-3, RBI; Jacklyn Nail 1-3, RS; Kuestersteffen RBI (K).
NOTEWORTHY: Fifth-ranked Konawa mounted a two-run, two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning and won the game when Sara Reeves scored on a throwing error on winning pitcher Hilary Kuestersteffen’s grounder to shortstop. Christina Gladden started the rally with a two-out single, Reeves followed with another base hit, and Gladden scored when the ball skipped past the Luther left fielder. Reeves moved to third on the play and scored when the throw on Kuestersteffen’s ground ball pulled the first baseman off the bag. Luther scored a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, but Konawa right fielder Ashley Carter minimized the damage by throwing out two baserunners — one at second base, the other at home — in the inning. After Luther took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a triple by Marti Boydston and a Konawa throwing error, Jacklyn Nail singled with one out in the sixth and scored the tying run all the way from second base on a ground ball to shortstop by Amanda Prewett. Gladden, Reeves and Prewett had two hits apiece for Konawa.
COACHES QUOTE: “There’s nothing like drama. We’ve been in those situations all year. We’ve been close, and we finally pulled it out,” — Konawa coach Jennifer Matthews.
Team Record: Konawa 20-13.
CLASS A REGIONAL
Sterling 10, Stonewall 0
STONEWALL 000 00 — 0 0 6
STERLING 241 21 — 10 14 0
Kristie Byrd and Tyla Transue. Jenny Fehring and Casey Fehring. WP-Fehring. LP-Byrd (28-7). 3B-Brooke Hardcog (Sterling). 2B-Casey Fehring (Sterling). HL-Brittany Goodeagle 2-3, C. Fehring 3-4, Hardcog 2-4, Taylor Middleton 2-3 (Sterling).
NOTEWORTHY: A knee injury that will require off-season surgery finally caught up with Stonewall ace Kristie Byrd, who gave up seasons highs in both runs and hits while suffering just her seventh loss in 35 decisions.
COACHES QUOTE: “We were actually lucky to win the first game. Kristie did all she could do. I think we just ran out of gas. That wasn’t the way we wanted to go out. We didn’t play the way we wanted to in either game, but we had a great season.” — Stonewall coach Christie Jennings.
Team Record: Stonewall finishes season 29-9.
Stonewall 3, Rattan 2
RATTAN 100 001 0 — 2 3 0
STONEWALL 100 010 1 — 3 10 0
Tiffany Clay and Chastity Watts. Kristie Byrd and Tyla Transue. WP-Byrd (28-6). LP-Clay. 2B-Byrd. HL-Kayla Byrd 2-4, 3 RS; Cherokee Brown 3-4, Kristie Byrd 2-2, 3 RBIs; Shelby Lackey 1-3, Transue 1-3, Brecca Robertson 1-3 (S).
NOTEWORTHY: Winning pitcher Kristie Byrd singled home younger sister Kayla Byrd with a seventh-inning single to lift 17th-ranked Stonewall to the victory and into the regional title game against Sterling. The Byrd sisters accounted for all three Stonewall runs — three RBIs by Kristie and three runs scored by Kayla — and Kristie pitched a three-hitter for her 28th win of the season.
CLASS B REGIONAL
Roff 5, Wanette 3
WANETTE 100 000 2 — 3 11 2
ROFF 001 310 x — 5 11 2
Hallea Middleton and Kailee Himes. Jennifer Gordy and Kati Bailey. WP-Gordy (15-11). LP-Middleton. HR-Megan Starks (W). HL-Jessica Fullingim 3-4, Starks 2-4, RS, 3 RBIs; Middleton 2-4 (W); Lesa Hearrell 2-3, RBI; Gordy 2-4, RBI; Bailey 1-4, 2 RBIs; Kayla Balthrop 1-3, RS, SB; Tyla Truett 1-3, RS, RBI; Catie Tolliver 1-4, RS (R).
NOTEWORTHY: Roff overcame a big day from Wanette’s Megan Starks, rallying for a victory over 15th-ranked Wanette that sent the Lady Tigers to the regional title and their school’s first-ever fast-pitch state tournament. Starks had an RBI single in the first and a two-run homer in the seventh, but Roff tied the game in the third on sophomore Tyla Truett’s RBI single to score freshman Catie Tolliver and took the lead for good with a three-run fourth that featured a two-run single by Katie Bailey. Jennifer Gordy scattered 11 hits and struck out three for her 15th win of the season. Wanette beat Butner, 7-4, in the first game of the day to earn a berth in the title game.
COACHES QUOTE: “The girls beat a pretty good team in Wanette. I was proud with the way our young kids hung in there, and even though Jennifer was getting knocked around a little bit, she really stuck to our guns. I was really happy with our defense. We got two big double plays.” — Roff coach Kathy Gregson.
Team Record: Roff 18-12.
CLASS B REGIONAL
Tupelo 10, Pittsburg 5
PITTSBURG 030 002 0 — 5 8 4
TUPELO 111 043 x — 10 14 2
Kelsey Rowland and Jenna Harris. Kendra Pearce and Ari Rice. WP-Pearce (27-1). LP-Rowland. 3B-Rowland (P). 2B-Rice, Kylie Curry (T). HL-Rowland 4-4, RS (P); Katie Campbell 4-4, 3 RS, 2 RBIs; Pearce 2-3, 2 RS, RBI; Rice 3-4, RS, 2 RBIs; Lindsey Davidson 1-3, RS, RBI; Curry 2-3, Heather Martin 1-2, RS (T).
Prep Baseball Capsules