Brian Johnson Special Correspondent
Shawnee — After stunning top-ranked Red Oak in the first round of the Class A state slow-pitch softball tournament on Wednesday, the Tupelo Lady Tigers couldn’t overcome errors in the semifinals later in the day.
Shattuck, which eventually went on to capture the state title Wednesday night with a win over Arnett, pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of five Tupelo errors in cruising to an 8-4 victory over the Lady Tigers in the semifinal contest.
“We made some unfortunate errors. Every error we made, we paid for. Shattack can hit,” said Tupelo head coach Jason Trimmer.
The Lady Tigers, who ended the season at 26-15, ended up with eight hits as Courtney Hickman led the way with a 3-for-3 effort with a run scored. Amber Cosar finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Kaitlin Watson was 1-for-3 and drove in a run.
A throwing error enabled Tupelo to break its scoreless drought and pull within 5-2 in the top of the fourth. The Lady Tigers’ other runs came off Watson’s run-scoring single and Hailey Ellis’ RBI groundout in the seventh.
Four Shattuck players — Daniela Galindo, Kenzie Nielsen, Payge Dunham and Hannah Sanchez — finished with two hits apiece.
Paige Vick took the pitching loss, and Marissa Galindo got the win for Shattuck.
Two Tupelo seniors — Kurston Chamberlain and Luci Palmer — played in the final game of their careers.