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.