COLEMAN —The Tupelo Lady Tigers broke open a tight game with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat Calera Wednesday 11-2 in the quarterfinals of the Coleman Invitational Tournament.

“When another team makes a mistake, we’re making them pay for it,” said Tupelo head coach Brian Davis.

Katelyn Roberts had a big day, picking up her 10th win without a loss and going 4-for-4 with four RBIs at the plate for the Lady Tigers, ranked No. 6 in Class A

Kendra Pearce also had a big stick for Tupelo in the victory over the Lady Bulldogs, No. 15 in Class 4A.

Davis said his club can hurt opponents up and down their lineup.

“Katelyn and Kendra had big days for us against Calera Wednesday,” he said. “But we’re getting production from everyone. Today, it may come from someone else. We’re just really playing well right now. We’ve beaten Byng (No. 5 in Class 2A) twice and Roff (No. 3 in 2A) twice. We’re playing good defense and we’re playing smart. I’m very happy with the way we’re playing.”

The Lady Tigers go up against a very talented Roff squad today at 5 p.m. in the semifinals.

Davis and his club will be seeking their 13th win in a row. Will 13 be a lucky number for the Lady Tigers?

“We know Roff is an outstanding team,” Davis said. “We’ve beaten them twice, but we know it will be a battle. But we’re looking forward to it. We’re playing a very tough schedule, but I think it’s going to pay off come playoff time.”



At Coleman Tournament

Quarterfinals

Roff 8, Hartshorne 3

The Roff Lady Tigers scored four runs in the first and sixth innings to defeat defending Class 4A state champion Hartshorne Wednesday in quarter-final action at the Coleman Invitational Tournament.

Skylar Logan ran her record to 5-3 as Jennifer Gordy drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 effort. Tess Truett was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Jamie Fowler chipped in two RBIs with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

“We’re playing very well,” said Roff head coach Kathy Gregson. “Tupelo beat us to open the season, so our kids are really looking forward to the challenge of meeting them today in the semifinals. It should be a good ball game.”

Gregson said her team is starting to put it all together.

“We were able to string together hits when we needed them against Hartshorne (which moved up to Class 5A this season),” she said. “That’s a key when you’re playing good teams. Clutch hits usually mean the difference between winning and losing.”

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