After rain forced the games to be canceled on Friday, pool play continued early Saturday in the 2013 Byng-Konawa Back to School Classic. Both Latta and Byng had games with berths in the fifth place, third place and championship contest on the line.
Latta won a pair of close games to advance to the title contest and Byng's day ended early via a tough 5-4 loss to Prague. Despite a 4-0 loss to Tecumseh that kept them out of the third-place game, the Konawa Lady Tigers rebounded to shut out Cleveland 5-0 to capture fifth place.
Latta 8, Seminole 2
The game was knotted at 2-2 through eight innings before Latta exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth to grab the victory.
Anna Wood put Latta on top for good with a big two-RBI double. Seminole would go on to commit five errors that helped Latta tack on four more runs in the decisive outburst.
Freshman Maria Priest got the win on the mound, allowing four hits and striking out six in the impressive complete-game outing.
The game was tied at 1-1 after time expired, and the international tiebreaker rule went into effect heading into the seventh inning.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Shelbey Parnacher started out on second base for Latta, and Chelsea Alexander laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her to third. Maebree Abney then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Parnacher and give Latta a 2-1 lead.
Seminole answered in the bottom of the inning. Kolby Lofton singled down the left field line and drove in a run to tie the score 2-2.
Latta had eight hits in the contest, with Alexander leading the way with a 3-for-5 effort that included two doubles and two RBIs. Jordyn Scott was 2-for-4 with a double. For Seminole, Madi Withrow went 2-for-4 with a double and scored a run.
Latta 5, Cleveland 4
Madison Abney hit a bases loaded triple in the bottom of the third inning to give Latta a thrilling 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Lady Tigers. That victory assured Latta a spot in the championship game opposite Savanna.
The exciting finish was set up off by singles from Chelsea Alexander, Maria Priest and Jordyn Scott. Abney then blasted a shot to right center to clear the bases.
Latta dug itself a hole against Cleveland, falling behind by scores of 3-0 and 4-2.
Cleveland was able to put three runs on the board in the top of the first. Leadoff hitter Annie Fluman walked, and Allie Kesner laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Fluman to second. Brey Estep also received a free pass to put runners at first and second.
Fluman scored on an error, then a single by Sara Beard scored Estep. Another single by Angel Dyer brought in Beard to give Cleveland an early 3-0 lead.
Latta got on the board in the bottom of the second. Madison Abney singled, and Matison Worcester doubled to put runners at second and third. Abney scored off a fielder’s choice and Worcester scored on an error to cut the LHS deficit to 3-2.
Cleveland tacked on another run in the top of the third. Kiah Rhoads walked and later scored on an error to put Cleveland up 4-2.
Worcester, another freshman hurler, got the win on the mound for the Lady Panthers. Alexander and Abney were both 2-for-2 in the contest.
Prague 5, Byng 4
Byng jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but gave up three runs in the second and two more in the third as the Lady Red Devils rallied. Byng pitchers combined to walk five and hit three batters in the contest.
In the bottom of the first Rhyann Case led off with a double and Rachel Benes reached on an error. A double by Layna Abbott and a single by Sidney Fuller pushed home two runs for the hosts.
Prague answered in the top of the second. With one out, Macayla Camren walked, Alex Dickson singled, and LeeAnn Littlejohn walked to load the bases. Langley Berry then doubled and two runs crossed the plate. Littlejohn later scored on a fielder’s choice to give Prague a 3-2 lead.
Prague loaded the bases in the top of the third on an error, a single and a walk. Camren then singled home the first rund, and Dickson hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Carley Goodman and push the Prague lead to 5-2.
Byng added a run in the bottom of the fourth after three consecutive Prague errors before leaving the tying run at first base.
Konawa 5, Cleveland 0
Konawa hurler Tarah Madron only allowed one hit while blanking Cleveland for three innings to claim fifth place. Madron also was 2-for-2 at the plate and scored two runs in the victory.
In the bottom of the first, Madron led off with a single, and scored off of an error for a 1-0 lead. Shelby Campbell walked and later scored on a fielder’s choice to give Konawa a 2-0 lead after one.
Madron singled again to start the second and scored on another error to push the lead to 3-0.
Two more Cleveland errors allowed Konawa to score twice more before time expired.
Latta 8, Seminole 2
LATTA 000 010 016 — 8 8 0
SEMINOLE 000 100 010 — 2 4 8
Maria Priest and Maebree Abney. Kourtney House and MiKayla Marshall. WP-Priest. LP-House. 2B-Chelsea Alexander 2, Jordyn Scott, Anna Wood (L). Madi Withrow (S). HL-Chelsea Alexander 3-5, RS, 2 RBIs; Jordyn Scott 2-4; Madison Abney 1-3, RS; Anna Wood 1-4, RS 2 RBIs (L). Madi Withrow 2-4, RS; Kelsey Stafford 1-3, RS (S).
Latta 5, Cleveland 3
CLEVELAND 301 — 4 3 1
LATTA 023 — 5 6 2
Marci Curtis and Brey Estep. Matison Worcester and Tyler Whitney. WP-Worcester. LP-Curtis. 3B-Madison Abney, 2B-Matison Worcester (L). HL-Brey Estep 1-2, RS; Sara Beard 1-2, RS; Angel Dyer 1-2 (C). Chelsea Alexander 2-2, RS; Abney 2-2, RS, 3 RBIs; Maria Priest 1-2, RS; Jordyn Scott 1-2, RS; Worcester 1-1, RS (L).
Prague 5, Byng 4
PRAGUE 032 0 — 5 4 4
BYNG 200 1 — 3 3 1
Alex Dickson and Macayla Camren. Rachel Benes, Layna Abbott (3) and Tasia Nelson. WP-Dickson. LP-Benes. 2B-Rhyann Case and Layna Abbott (B). HL-Carley Goodman 1-2, RS; Camren 1-2, RS, RBI; Alex Dickson 1-2, RS; Langley Berry 1-2, 2 RBIs (P).
Konawa 5, Cleveland 4
CLEVELAND 000 — 0 1 4
KONAWA 212 — 5 4 1
Brey Estep and Khia Rhoads. Tarah Madron and Jennifer Tooley. WP-Madron. LP-Estep. HL-Annie Fluman 1-1 (C). Madron 2-2, 2 RS; Dominique Lyons 1-2, Rachel Sharp 1-2 (K).