By DAVID SEELEY
STONEWALL — Four of seven local teams won their openers at the 2010 Stonewall Invitational Tournament on a windy Thursday, no fooling. The tournament-host Lady Longhorns run ruled the Asher Lady Indians 12-1 in five innings to advance for a slated 2 p.m. matchup this afternoon against Tushka (which defeated Turner) in the winner’s-bracket quarterfinals.
The Sulphur Lady Bulldogs also won by run rule, 14-2 over the Stuart Lady Hornets to make a 3 p.m. winner’s-bracket quarterfinal this afternoon against the Dale Lady Pirates, who got a bye into the quarters since Calera dropped out.
The two Coal County teams in the field, Coalgate and Tupelo, also posted big wins. The Lady Wildcats won a time-limit game 12-4 over the Kiowa Cowgirls, while the Lady Tigers run ruled the Allen Lady Mustangs 11-0.
Coalgate was to meet the Coleman Lady Wildcats, who blanked the Vanoss Lady Wolves 6-0, at noon today in the winner’s-bracket quarterfinals, while Tupelo was to face Weleetka, a winner over Maud, at 1 this afternoon in another quarterfinal.
The Lady Wolves and the Lady Indians stayed alive by winning their second games. Asher eliminated Turner 10-6, while Vanoss won a time-limit game over Kiowa 17-9.
Asher was to meet the Tupelo-Weleetka loser at 2 this afternoon, while Vanoss was set to meet the Coalgate-Coleman loser at 4 p.m. today. The winners will stay alive, while the losers will be eliminated.
The only local team which is out of the tournament is Allen, which suffered a 12-1 loss to Maud in its second game.
The championship game is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with the if-game at 3:30 p.m.
Stonewall 12, Asher 1
The Lady Longhorns (8-5), ranked 14th in Class 2A, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening inning on an RBI single by Kaitlinn Wright, an RBI double by Lyndsey Daffren and an RBI grounder by Paige Curtis. Stonewall never lost the lead as the Lady ’Horns scored three more times in the second and twice in the third for an 8-0 lead.
Asher’s lone run scored in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Summer Wauahdooah to cut the deficit to 8-1, but Stonewall evoked the run rule with a four-run fifth inning.
“I was a little bit concerned with how we would come out after the Tupelo game (a 13-1 run-ruled win Tuesday afternoon),” Stonewall coach Christie Jennings — who was out of town as part of the All-State basketball selection committe but arrived just as the game started and coached in dress clothes — said. “I didn’t want to have a hangover. We’re really showing a lot of maturity right now.”
For the game, Cheyanne Miller was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two runs batted in, Daffren was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, Wright was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Amanda Transue (8-5 with the victory in the pitcher’s circle) aided her own cause with a 2-for-2 outing with two runs scored and an RBI.
In defeat, Wauahdooah (who suffered the pitching loss), Kasadi Reimers, Alisha Oliphant and Jaden Brady each had a hit for the Lady Indians.
Sulphur 14, Stuart 2
The Lady Bulldogs (6-2), ranked 19th in Class 5A, trailed 1-0 after the top of the first inning, but from there it was all Sulphur.
The Lady Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning for a 3-1 lead, and stretched the advantage to 6-2 after three innings.
Sulphur got the run rule into effect with an eight-run third inning, which ended with Sierra McCurry’s grand-slam home run, her fifth homer of the spring.
“We hit the ball well,” Sulphur coach Bruce Crawford said. “We came up with some big hits. We really hit the ball hard.”
McCurry (6-2 with the win) helped her pitching efforts by going 3-for-3 with a grand-slam homer, a run scored and six runs batted in for Sulphur. LaTisha Smith was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored, while Taylor Edgar was 2-for-2 with a run scored for the Lady Bulldogs.
Abbie Painter (8-5) suffered the loss for the Lady Hornets, who got a 2-for-2 outing from Ashley Self with an RBI.
Coalgate 12, Kiowa 4
Trailing 4-0 in the second inning, the Lady Wildcats (3-7) erupted for a pair of back-to-back, six-run innings to put the game away.
The six-run second inning was keyed by a three-run triple by Jessica Luellen to help put Coalgate ahead 6-4, while the six-run third inning was aided by back-to-back RBI doubles by Miranda Hix and Haley Williams and a three-run triple by Kaci Trentham. After Jade Wade followed with a walk, the game was stopped due to the one-hour time limit.
“We’re starting to be a little more patient at the plate,” said Coalgate coach Tara Satterfield, whose team is playing slow-pitch softball for the first time. “They’re just now starting to figure out discipline in slow-pitch — it’s different than fast-pitch. You have to be more patient in slow-pitch, and our girls are starting to make the adjustment. It’s finally starting to come together.”
Luellen was 1-for-2 with four runs batted in and two runs scored, Trentham was 1-for-1 with a three-RBI triple, Cherokee Acker was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, Hix was 1-for-1 with an RBI and two runs scored and Williams was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and an RBI. Tandra Elkins (2-2) got the win for the Lady ’Cats.
In defeat, Kaylin Kellogg was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI, while Cassandra Kelley was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Cowgirls.
Tupelo 11, Allen 0
The Lady Tigers (7-3), ranked sixth in Class 2A, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening inning and never looked back. RBI-fielder’s choices by Tiffany Postoak and Grace Leland, an RBI single by Chesna Henry and an two-RBI double by Tamara Thompson produced the runs.
Tupelo added a single run in the second and five more runs in the third to enforce the run rule after Allen batted in the fourth inning.
“It’s tough in the wind to judge pitches, or fly balls for that matter,” Tupelo coach Jason Goostree said. “(Allen pitcher Brooke Kidwell) struggled throwing strikes a little bit, and we did a good job of not swinging at bad pitches. We got people on base, and we were able to drive them in.”
Landra Nelson (7-3) got the win, pitching a one-hitter, surrendering a two-out single to Tashina Thompson in the first inning. In fact, the Lady Mustangs had only one other batter reach as Kayli Farmer led off the fourth with a walk, but was erased on a double play.
For the game, Amber Roberson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for Tupelo.
Kidwell suffered the loss for Allen.
Vanoss 17, Kiowa 9
Trailing 3-2 after two innings, the Lady Wolves (4-7) had a 10-run third inning. An RBI triple by Shanan Foster, an RBI single by Hannah Harjo, bases-loaded walks to Brittany Blankenship and Shelby Bolin, a two-run double by Shelby Hess and an RBI double by Foster highlighted the attack, which ended with Vanoss on top 12-3.
After Kiowa’s Tiffany Layton hit her first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning to cut the deficit to 12-5 after three innings, the Lady Wolves added five runs in the fourth inning to enjoy a 17-5 lead.
“We finally were patient (at the plate),” Vanoss coach Seth Reeves said. “That’s what we have to do. When we showed patience, it paid off for us. We waited for the right pitch, we hit the ball and put it in play. We’re still alive, and that’s the main thing.”
Madison Oliver was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a run batted in, Foster was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Hess was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Vanoss. Bolin (2-4) got the win.
In defeat, Sayler Hackler was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Cassandra Kelley was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Cowgirls (3-8). Self (0-4) suffered both losses for Kiowa on the day.
Coleman 6, Vanoss 0
Leading 1-0 after the third inning, the Lady Wildcats (11-3) put the game away with a five-run fifth inning. An RBI double by Brittany Dill, an RBI-fielder’s choice by Bianca Golden, a two-run double by Beth Loudermilk and an RBI single by Kristen Childers made it a 6-0 Coleman lead.
Meanwhile, Stormey Golden (6-2) threw a six-hitter for the Lady ’Cats as Layni Cantrell, Kate McCoy, Oliver, Hess, Harjo and Blankenship each got singles for Vanoss. Bolin got the loss for the Lady Wolves.
Asher 10, Turner 6
The Lady Indians (9-5), ranked 18th in Class A, jumped out to a 4-0 lead after an inning on an RBI single by Kellyn Price and a three-run double by Oliphant. The Lady Indians never lost the lead.
A three-run fifth and seventh inning gave Asher a 10-0 lead before Turner (13-5), ranked sixth in Class 2A, made things interesting with a six-run seventh inning.
“We rebounded from a poor performance (against Stonewall),” Asher coach Tari Dubler said. “I’m pleased with the way we bounced back. We’re young, and we’re learning. Hopefully, we can build on this.”
For the game, Reimers was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Wauahdooah (9-5 with the two decisions on Thursday) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Price was 1-for-1 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Lady Indians.
In defeat, Conner Harmon was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, Natiya Barnes was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Christyn Barrick was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for Turner. Hannah Stevens (12-5) suffered the loss for the Lady Falcons.
Maud 12, Allen 1
Trailing 1-0 in the first inning, the Lady Tigers (8-6), coached by former Stonewall coach Andi Grissom, took a 4-1 lead after an inning thanks to a two-RBI single by Lari Willis (who was playing with a broken nose and finger as well as a crushed sinus cavity) and back-to-back RBI singles by Ashley Owens and Haley Smith.
Maud, ranked 16th in Class A, scored six runs in the second inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Willis, her sixth round-tripper of the season, and two more runs in the third to get the run rule enforced.
The Lady Mustangs (0-10) scored their only run of the day on a one-out, RBI single by Brandie Horton, which scored Thompson from second, to take a 1-0 lead, which Maud took away in its half of the frame.
Kidwell (0-10) suffered the loss for Allen, which was eliminated from the tournament with the defeat.