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March 31, 2014

Stonewall stays in winner's bracket

Stonewall —    After surviving a first-round scare against Caddo in a game in which they needed a run in the bottom of the seventh to squeak to a 3-2 win, the Stonewall Lady Longhorns have turned up the heat at the 2014 Beast of the East Tournament.

   After an impressive 10-0 win over Colbert late Thursday, Stonewall steamrolled Konawa 12-2 on a chilly Friday afternoon to become one of four teams left in the winner’s bracket heading into Saturday’s final round.

   “We came out and swung the ball pretty well our last couple of outings,” said Stonewall head man Brian Davis. “We’ve been playing pretty good defense all year. But we’ve started to string some hits together and are getting a little more comfortable at the plate every time we play.”

   Davis expected the going to get much tougher on Saturday.

   “It’s been a super tough tournament. There’s some ranked teams that are already at the house right now,” he said. “It’s been great competition. It’s the type of tournament we like having down here.”

   Latta had a chance to join Stonewall in the final four, but Rattan spoiled those plans with an impressive 11-3 win over the Lady Panthers.    Coach Jim Foster’s team was able to survive with a slim 8-6 win over Stuart late Friday night but needed to win four straight games on Saturday to earn a spot in the championship game.

   Final Beast of the East results will appear in Tuesday’s edition of The Ada News.

   Stonewall 12, Konawa 2

   Stonewall (11-3, No. 2 in Class 2A) went right to work against the Lady Tigers, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

   Sarah Monday walked and scored on an RBI triple to the fence in right field by Justice Dees, who then came home on a double by Alexis Lambert.

   Allie Denson followed a walk to Jessika York with a two-run homer over the fence in left field to push the SHS lead to 4-0 to begin things in Stonewall's second inning.

   Three more walks and an RBI single by Tana Davis resulted in a Konawa pitching change. Stonewall would still push across two more runs in the frame — the first on a groundout by Lauryn Humphers and the second on a base hit by Lambert — and the tournament hosts would carry a 9-0 lead into the third inning.

   Tana Davis supplied a two-RBI single in a three-run Stonewall third inning that boosted the lead to 12-0.

   Konawa (6-1, No. 5 in Class 4A) got a single run in the bottom of the third when Brooke Snow doubled from the 10-hole and scored on a two-out RBI hit by Cheasa Coon.

   The Lady Tigers then scratched for the final run of the game in the fourth when Dominque Lyon led off with a base hit and later scored on a groundout by Danielle Khoury.

   Tana Davis and Lambert both finished with two hits apiece and combined for five RBIs. Mackenzie Davis, Monday, Katelyn Campise and Tameka Hamilton each scored two runs apiece.

  Coon had two of only five Konawa hits.

Rattan 11, Latta 3

   Latta slugger Jordyn Scott gave her team a 2-0 lead with a blast over the fence in right-center in the top of the first inning.

   But the Lady Panthers (4-5, No. 10 in Class 4A) managed just one more run after that, and Rattan scored 11 runs over the final three frames to end the game early.

   The Lady Rams (10-4, No. 2 in Class 3A) scored three runs in the bottom of the third thanks in part to one of three Latta errors in the game. Kaci Watts followed an RBI single by Brenna House with a two-run triple.

   Scott hit another pitch out of the park in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 3-3.

   Rattan went back to work in the bottom of the inning, scoring four more runs on a solo round-tripper by Micah Dees, an RBI single by Ashton Birchfield and a two-run single by House.

   The Lady Rams added four more runs in the fifth to end the game via the run-rule. Taylor Bankston, Katy Boone and Jordan Billy all drove in runs during that Rattan surge.

   Scott’s two home runs supplied all the Latta offense as no other LHS player had more than one hit.

   Boone finished 3-for-3 and scored twice to pace a 15-hit Rattan barrage. Ashton Birchfield, House and Rachel Birchfield all had two hits apiece for the Lady Rams.

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