STONEWALL — When the Stonewall Invitational Tournament began Thursday, seven local teams were in the winner’s bracket among the original 15-team field. When Day 2 action ended Friday night, there was only one.
The Tupelo Lady Tigers advanced to Saturday afternoon’s winner’s-bracket final with an extra-inning victory over the Coleman Lady Wildcats 6-5 in the semifinals after beating the Weleetka Lady Outlaws 11-4 earlier in the day in the quarterfinals.
The only other local team which is still among the teams still left entering Saturday’s final day was the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs. Sulphur ended Friday’s action, which was 2:40 late starting due to wet field conditions, with an 11-3, six-inning, run-rule win over the host Stonewall Lady Longhorns in an elimination game. Sulphur began the day suffering an 11-1, four-inning, run-rule loss to the Dale Lady Pirates in the winner’s-bracket quarterfinals, but then handled Vanoss 16-1 in a three-inning, run-rule game in the loser’s bracket to oust the Lady Wolves before then eliminating the Lady Longhorns.
The host Lady ’Horns went 1-2 on the day. They opened with a winner’s-bracket quarterfinal loss to Tushka 10-2 in a five-inning, run-rule game, but then won their first loser’s-bracket game 9-1 over Maud in a six-inning, run-rule contest before ending the night with the loss to Sulphur.
The first local team to be eliminated on Friday were the Coalgate Lady Wildcats, who lost a 4-3, six-inning, time-limit game to Coleman in the winner’s-bracket quarterfinals before then being eliminated by the Stuart Lady Hornets 9-8 in another six-inning, time-limit contest.
The Asher Lady Indians were also eliminated on Friday, but did post a victory before their dismissal. The Lady Indians handled Weleetka 8-1 in a five-inning, time-limit game in their first elimination contest, but then lost 8-4 to Stuart in a six-inning, time-limit contest in their second elimination game.
Tupelo 6, Coleman 5
With the game tied at 5-5 after five innings, it took an extra inning before anyone could score a sixth run — which ended up being the Lady Tigers (9-3), ranked fourth in Class A.
A two-out, RBI single by Megan Bray produced the game-winning run for Tupelo, which tied the game at 5-5 with a three-run fifth inning thanks to RBI singles by Shanna Davidson and Tiffany Postoak, plus a Coleman error.
Davidson was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a run batted in, Postoak was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Amber Roberson was 2-for-4 for Tupelo. Landra Nelson (9-3) got the win.
In defeat, Stormey Golden, who suffered the loss to drop to 7-3 on the season, was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Bianca Golden was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Lady Wildcats (12-4), ranked sixth in Class A.
Tupelo 11, Weleetka 4
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening inning on an RBI triple by Davidson, an RBI single by Nelson and a two-run single by Chesna Henry.
After Weleetka’s Kayla Lemon hit her third home run of the season, a solo shot, in the first inning to cut the Tupelo lead to 4-1 after an inning, the Lady Tigers scored four runs in the third inning to up their advantage to 8-1. The closest the Lady Outlaws got was 8-4 after four innings.
Bray and Postoak were 3-for-4 with two runs scored apiece, Davidson was 2-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored, Nelson (who got the win) aided her own cause with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs and two runs scored, Grace Leland was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, Roberson was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Henry was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Tupelo.
In defeat, Darian Shatswell was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI, while Lemon was 1-for-2 with a homer, a run scored and an RBI for Weleetka. Eli Barcenas suffered the loss for the Lady Outlaws.
Dale 11, Sulphur 1
The Lady Pirates (15-3), ranked fifth in Class 4A, broke a scoreless tie on an RBI single by Sammi Hembrose in the second inning. But Dale, which reached Saturday’s winner’s-bracket final with a run-rule victory over Tushka by a score of 13-3 in four innings, put the game away with a 10-run third inning, highlighted by two home runs by Kendra Steward, a two-run shot and a three-run round-tripper, and a two-run homer by Danielle Dockery, to up the advantage to 11-0.
The lone run for the Lady Bulldogs, ranked 19th in Class 5A, came in the fourth inning on Talley Magruder’s first homer of the season.
For the game, Ashley Sanford was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, Steward was 2-for-3 with her third and fourth home runs, two runs scored and five runs batted in, Dockery was 2-for-3 with her first homer of the season, three RBIs and a run scored, Kaci Snyder was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Chelsea Jordan (15-3 with the win) aided her own efforts with a 2-for-2 performance and a run scored for Dale.
In defeat, Magruder, Darsha Reagle, Chelsea Reeves and Ashley Walker all had a hit apiece for Sulphur. Sierra McCurry suffered the loss.
Sulphur 16, Vanoss 1
The Lady Bulldogs took their frustrations of losing to Dale out on the Lady Wolves. Sulphur opened with a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
After Shelby Hess hit an RBI double to produce the only run for Vanoss (4-8) in the first inning, Sulphur scored three runs in the second inning, with two of them coming on Reagle’s fifth home run of the season. Sulphur then exploded for nine more runs the third inning — highlighted by a grand-slam home run by McCurry (her sixth homer of the season) which was followed by a solo shot by Kenzie Ramer (her first homer of 2010) — to end the game by run rule.
McCurry, who got the win, helped herself with a 3-for-3 game and just missed out on hitting for the cycle as she did not get, perhaps, the easiest hit there is — a single. She hit a double, a triple and a grand-slam homer and had five runs batted in.
But McCurry’s offensive performance was just one of eight players to enjoy a multiple-hit game. Taylor Edgar was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, Reagle was 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and three runs scored, Ramer was 2-for-2 with a solo homer, three RBIs and a run scored, Reeves was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, LaTisha Smith was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Taylor Flowers was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Destiny Rodgers was 2-for-2 with an RBI for Sulphur.
Shelby Bolin (2-5) suffered the loss for the Lady Wolves, who had only two hits in the game. Besides the double by Hess, Hannah Harjo also doubled.
Sulphur 11, Stonewall 3
The Lady Bulldogs (8-3) broke a scoreless tie on a two-run home run by Reeves, her fourth round-tripper of the spring, for a 2-0 lead.
The closest the Lady Longhorns, ranked 14th in Class 2A, got was at 2-1 in their half of the inning as Brettney Brady doubled and scored on a Sulphur error.
Sulphur then got a two-run homer by Reagle, her sixth home run of 2010, in the second inning and added another run in the third to make it 5-1 after three innings.
McCurry (8-3 with the decisions recorded on the day) aided her pitching efforts by hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning, her seventh home run of the spring, to make it 8-1.
Reagle and McCurry were both 3-for-4 with homers, Reeves and Smith were 2-for-3 with two RBIs and an RBI, respectively, and Magruder was 2-for-4 for Sulphur.
In defeat, Stonewall had seven hits, including doubles by Brady and Cheyanne Miller and a triple by Bradianne Daniel. Amanda Transue suffered the loss.
Tushka 10, Stonewall 2
The Lady Tigers (15-6), ranked eighth in Class 4A, jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by Chelsie Faulkenberry’s first home run of the season, a three-run shot. RBI singles by Haley Cops and Katelyn Cook produced the other runs.
Tushka’s advantage grew to 10-0 after two innings as the Lady Tigers scored six runs to take control of the game.
The only runs for Stonewall came in the third inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Brady and Miller.
For the game, Courtney Wilhite was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, Cops was 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a run scored, Denym Pingleton was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Cook was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Faulkenberry was 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBIs and a run scored for Tushka. Cops (15-6 at day’s end) got the win.
In defeat, Brady, Miller, Transue and Lyndsey Daffren each had a hit apiece for the Lady ’Horns.
Stonewall 9, Maud 1
The tournament hosts took it out on former Stonewall coach Andi Grissom and her Lady Tigers. Stonewall (9-7 at the end of the day) scored once in the first and three times in the second for a 4-0 lead.
After the Lady Tigers (8-7) cut the deficit to 4-1 in the third inning, the Lady ’Horns scored once in the fifth and four times in the sixth to win by run rule.
Brady was 2-for-3 with a run batted in, Miller was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kim Helms was 2-for-3 for Stonewall. Transue (9-7 when Day 2 had come to a close) got the win.
In defeat, Callie Sullins was 2-for-2 for Maud. Shiloh Stacy suffered the loss for the Lady Tigers.
Coleman 4, Coalgate 3
In a battle of Lady Wildcats, Coleman broke a 3-3 tie on an RBI-fielder’s choice by K.J. Daniel.
Coalgate, which trailed 3-0 after three innings, tied the game in the fifth inning on a two-RBI triple by Jessica Luellen and a sacrifice fly by Krystan Glasco.
For Coleman, Stormey Golden and Hailey Creasman were 1-for-2 with a run batted in apiece, while Summer Box was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Golden got her seventh win of the season for victors.
In defeat, Leslie Parker was 3-for-3, Glasco was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Luellen was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored for Coalgate.
Stuart 9, Coalgate 8
Trailing 6-5 after five innings — and entering what would end up being the final inning of the game due to the time limit — the Lady Hornets scored four runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Angie Lawson and Chelsey Lawson, plus a two-RBI single by Ashley Self to take a 9-5 lead.
But the Lady Wildcats (3-9) would not go down without trying to mount a potential game-tying, or game-winning, rally. A bases-loaded walk to Miranda Hix and a sacrifice fly by Halie Williams cut the Stuart lead to 9-8, still with only one out.
But Stuart pitcher Abbie Painter got Brooklynn Hughes to ground into a forceout, then got Luellen to pop up to third base to end the game.
For the game, Chelsey Lawson was a perfect 4-for-4 with four runs batted in and a run scored, Angie Lawson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Painter helped her own cause with a 2-for-4 outing with an RBI and Sydney Johnson was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Stuart. Painter got the win.
In defeat, Cherokee Acker was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Laci Eddings was 2-for-3 for Coalgate. Tandra Elkins (2-4) suffered both losses on the day for the Lady ’Cats.
Asher 8, Weleetka 1
Trailing 1-0 after a sacrifice fly by Weleetka’s Sophia Bencoma, the Lady Indians got three straight RBI singles by Alisha Huggins, Kellyn Price and Erin Casey gave Class A’s 18th-ranked team a 3-1 lead.
A two-run double by Summer Wauahdooah upped the Asher advantage to 5-1 in the fourth inning.
A two-RBI single by Jaden Brady and an RBI single by Jamee McDonald made it 8-1 in favor of the locals.
McDonald was 3-for-4 with a run batted in and an RBI, Huggins was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI and Casey was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI for Asher.
In defeat, Bencoma was 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Lady Outlaws (8-7), ranked 11th in Class 2A. Barcenas (8-7 at day’s end) suffered the loss for Weleetka.
Stuart 8, Asher 4
The Lady Hornets (10-5), ranked 15th in Class 2A, jumped out to a 2-0 lead after an inning, but the Lady Indians (10-6 after splitting their two games) cut the deficit in half in the second inning on a one-out, RBI double by Alisha Oliphant. But that would be as close as Asher would get on this night.
Stuart scored four runs in the third inning and once more in the fourth for an 8-1 lead, but Asher tried to rally.
A Stuart error allowed an Asher run to score in the fourth inning, then an RBI single by Huggins and another Stuart error produced two runs in the fifth to cut the Stuart advantage to 8-4. But after a scoreless sixth inning, the game was called due to the time limit.
Self and Ashley Lawrence were 2-for-3 for the Lady Hornets. Painter (10-5 at day’s end) got the victory for Stuart.
In defeat, Huggins was 2-for-2 for the Lady Indians. Wauahdooah (10-6 after recording both decisions for Asher on the day) suffered the loss.