VANOSS — Kayla Dobbins walked to force home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to hand Vanoss a wild 11-10 victory over Stratford in the only game played in Friday’s opening round of the Vanoss Invitational Softball Tournament.

Vanoss, which wiped out a 10-7 Stratford lead with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, loaded the bases in the eighth on a one-out walk to Ayla McCoy, an infield single by Hayley Foster off the glove of losing pitcher Natasha English and an intentional walk to Alex Jones. English then walked Dobbins on five pitches to end the game.

The game was just 2-2 heading to the fifth when the offensive fireworks began for both teams.

Stratford (5-8) took a 5-2 lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI groundout by Lindsey Heckman and two-run single by Brianna Wright, then Vanoss roared back to score five times in the bottom of the inning. Kristen Brimm doubled home one run and Kaci Patton singled home another before McCoy capped the outburst with a three-run homer over the left field fence.

The Lady Bulldogs tied it in the top of the sixth on two hits, an error and three walks — the last a bases-loaded pass to Jessica Smith to force home Kourtney Harris, who also walked. Tori Webb scored the other run in the inning on an error after she led off with a single.

Vanoss (2-4) left the bases loaded in the sixth when Patton struck out to end the inning, then Stratford — ranked No. 12 in Class 2A — took the lead again with three runs in the seventh with the help of four Vanoss errors. Heckman and Lauren Readnour both singled and scored on errors in the inning, and Harris added an RBI single.

The Lady Wolves came back to send the game to extra innings with a three-run seventh that featured an RBI single by Krissy Ross, but Vanoss again left the bases loaded when Kristen Brimm grounded into a fielder’s choice to force Rodi Sutton at second for the third out.

Play was stopped because of bad weather after the Vanoss-Stratford contest, and the tournament resumes at noon today with a first-round game between Tupelo and Sulphur at noon. Later action has Stratford playing the Tupelo-Sulphur loser at 1:30, Byng meeting Sasakwa in a winner’s bracket contest at 3 p.m. and the Tupelo-Sulphur winner facing the Byng-Sasakwa winner at 4:30 p.m. Latta had a first-round bye and will play Vanoss at 7:30.

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