Carla Harris, special correspondent
In Class 2A district action on Friday, the four-ranked Latta Lady Panthers were upset by the Silo Lady Rebels 5-2 in the third and deciding championship contest.
It looked as though Latta was going to pick up where it left off in the second game on Thursday (a 10-3 Latta win), as the Lady Panthers scored two runs in the top of the first off of two hits. But the LHS bats went cold after that, as Latta managed just two hits the rest of the game. Silo pounded out 10 hits and played error-free softball to claim the district title.
In the first, senior Shelbey Parnacher led off the game with a walk. A triple by fellow senior Madison Abney scored Parnacher. Maria Priest popped out to the first baseman in foul territory, but Abney tagged up and scored for a 2-0 early lead.
That lead did not last long, though. Riley Newton led off with a single for Silo in the bottom half of the inning. A sacrifice by Adyson Barber moved Newton over to second. Karissa Marshall then singled to put runners at the corners. Winning pitcher Mary Grider helped her cause by ripping a single to right and pushing both runs across to knot it at 2-2.
In the bottom of the third, it looked as though Latta would regain the lead. Parnacher singled to lead off the inning. A speedy Parnacher made it all the way to third on a sacrifice by Chelsea Alexander. Madison Abney then popped up to the first baseman in foul territory back behind the base — a similar play to the one she scored in earlier in the contest. Parnacher tagged up and raced home. However, the umpire behind the plate said Parnacher left the bag early and called her out for the third out of the inning.
Latta managed only one base runner the rest of the contest.
Silo tacked on two more runs in the third and a single run in the fourth for the final 5-2 score.
In the game, Newton finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Barber went 1-for-2 at the plate. Miranda Parr was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, and Grider finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
For Latta, Parnacher finished 1-for-2, while Madison Abney, Jordyn Scott and Maebree Abney all added a hit apiece.
The Lady Panthers finish the season at 25-7. They say goodbye to seniors Shelbey Parnacher, Madison Abney, Jordyn Scott and Anna Wood.
Silo advances to this week's regional tournament with a 14-17 record. However, the Lady Rebels have lost seven one-run contests this fall.
Latta splits pair
Thursday at district
LATTA — The fourth-ranked Latta Lady Panthers bounced back from a 1-0 loss in the opener to sock Silo 10-3 in Game 2 in a Class 2A District Tournament matchup Thursday at Swanson Field.
Silo 1, Latta 0
Karissa Marshal scored the only run Silo would need to win in the bottom of the first. She singled, stole second and scored on a Latta error.
Latta outhit Silo 7-4 and stranded 11 base runners. The Lady Panthers also committed three errors in the game. Matison Worcester took the tough mound loss for the Lady Panthers.
Maria Priest led Latta at the plate with a 2-for-3 showing. No Silo player had more than one hit, and there were no extra base hits in the contest.
Latta 10, Silo 3
Latta got its wake-up call after losing the first game and pounded out 16 hits, including seven for extra bases. The Lady Panthers looked like a totally different team during the second game of the evening. They put up five runs in the first and added a single run in every inning but the seventh. Priest got the pitching win for the Lady Panthers, as she only allowed four hits and struck out five.
Shelbey Parnacher led off the game with a single, followed by a base hit by Chelsea Alexander. Madison Abney moved the runners over with a sacrifice. Priest then singled to score Parnacher. A double by Jordyn Scott knocked two more Latta runs. Maebree Abney then blasted a triple to score Scott and put Latta on top 4-0. After a Silo error, Maebree Abney scored to up the lead to 5-0.
In the top of the second, Latta tallied another run. Madison Abney reached second after two consecutive Silo errors, and Priest then ripped an RBI triple to deep left-center field for a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Silo got on the scoreboard. Miranda Parr was walked, and Kamryn Duncan was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice by Catie Simmons moved both runners into scoring position. Alex Giles then drove in two runs with a single to get the Lady Rebels within 6-2.
Latta got one of the runs back in the top of the third. Maebree Abney doubled, and Worcester followed with a run-scoring single for a 7-2 LHS advantage.
Latta’s next run came in the fourth. Scott doubled and later scored on an RBI double by Worcester.
In the fifth Alexander reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored on a single by Priest.
The Lady Panthers' last run came in the sixth. Maebree Abney singled, but the right fielder for Silo committed a crucial error, allowing the ball to get past her all the way to the fence. Abney rounded all the bases to score for a 10-2 lead.
Silo tallied a single run in the bottom of the seventh. Simmons was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double by Giles. She then scored when Cierra Willman grounded out to the first baseman for the final 10-3 outcome.
For Silo, Giles finished 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.
Five Latta players had hits for extra bases, including two players with four hits apiece. Parnacher was 4-for-5, while Priest turned in a 4-for-4 outing that included three RBIs. Maebree Abney finished 3-for-4 and scored three times. Scott and Worcester both had two hits and two RBIs apiece.
CLASS 2A DISTRICT
Silo 5, Latta 2
LATTA 200 000 0 — 2 4 0
SILO 202 100 x — 5 10 0
Maria Priest, Matison Worcester (5) and Maebree Abney. Mary Grider and Karissa Marshall. WP-Grider. LP-Priest. 3B-Madison Abney (L), 2B-Maebree Abney (L), Alex Giles (S). HL-Shelbey Parnacher 1-2, RS; Madison Abney 1-3, RBI; Jordyn Scott 1-3; Maebree Abney 1-3 (L). Riley Newton 2-3, RS; Adyson Barber 1-2, RS; Marshall 1-3, RS; Grider 3-3, RS, 2 RBIs; Miranda Parr 1-3, 2 RBIs (S).
CLASS 2A DISTRICT
Silo 1, Latta 0
LATTA 000 000 0 — 0 7 3
SILO 100 000 x — 1 4 2
Matison Worcester and Tyler Whitney. Mary Grider and Karissa Marshall. WP-Grider. LP-Worcester. HL-Shelbey Parnacher 1-3; Maria Priest 2-4; Maebree Abney 1-3; Taylor Bates 1-2; Whitney 1-3 (L). Marshall 1-3, RS; Grider 1-2; Catie Simmons 1-2; Cierra Willman 1-2 (S).
Latta 10, Silo 3
LATTA 511 111 0 — 10 16 1
SILO 020 000 1 — 3 4 5
Maria Priest and Maebree Abney. Catie Simmons and Karissa Marshall. WP-Priest. LP-Simmons. 3B-Priest and Abney (L), 2B-Shelbey Parnacher, Jordyn Scott 2, Abney, Matison Worcester (L), Alex Giles (S). HL-Parnacher 4-5, RS; Priest 4-4, RS, 3 RBIs; Scott 2-5, 2 RS, 2 RBIs; Abney 3-4, 3 RS, RBI; Worcester 2-4, 2 RBIs (L). Marshall 1-2; Kamryn Duncan 1-2, RS; Giles 2-3, 2 RBIs (S).