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May 5, 2014

Asher, Tupelo punch tickets for state tournament

ASHER —    Class A second-ranked Asher received a big three-run double from Haylee Andrews in the sixth inning as the Lady Indians rallied to beat Tupelo, 6-2, and capture a Class A regional championship on Thursday.

   Asher advances to Wednesday's Class A State Tournament at the Firelake Softball Complex in Shawnee.

   “We work toward that one ultimate goal each season: the state tournament and an opportunity at a state championship. This is what it's all about,” said Asher head coach Tari Dubler. “Our sights are set high. We’re looking forward to an exciting day of softball on Wednesday.”

   Kayla Riddle went 3-for-3 from the plate. Andrews was 2-for-3, and Sarah Wauahdooah went 2-for-4. Shelby Fleming and Desaray Goodgion also contributed a pair of singles each in the Lady Indians’ 15-hit attack.

   Wauahdooah allowed just six hits.

   Earlier in the day, Wauahdooah limited Mill Creek to three hits as Asher pounded out 17 in a 13-1 rout.

   Wauahdooah went 2-for-2 with a double and four runs batted in. Tarin Dubler was 2-for-3 with a triple and a double, while Haley Odell, Andrews and Malerey Luman each contributed two singles to the Lady Indian assault.

Lady Tigers follow Asher

   ASHER — Ninth-ranked Tupelo rebounded from an earlier loss to Asher by pounding out 11 hits in a 13-8 victory over eighth-ranked Okarche on Thursday to capture a Class A regional runner-up finish and berth in Wednesday’s state tournament at the Firelake Softball Complex in Shawnee.

   The Lady Tigers opened the day with a 12-0 rout of Okarche before suffering a 6-2 defeat at the hands of host and second-ranked Asher.

   “Our thing this year has been asking ourselves weekly, ‘Did we get better this week?’” said Tupelo head coach Jason Trimmer. “I believe we did. Looking forward to next week and what it has in store for this group.”

   Tupelo 13, Okarche 8

   In the finale against Okarche, Tupelo broke an 8-all deadlock with a five-run bottom of the sixth inning.

   Phylisha Chamberlain went 3-for-4 from the plate with a triple, two runs batted in and a run scored. Paige Vick and Amber Cosar were each 2-for-4, as Vick scored three times while Cosar crossed the plate once and knocked in two runs.

   Brittany Sanders and Courtney Hickman launched back-to-back solo homers in the fourth to force a 7-7 tie. Sanders finished the game 1-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored, and Hickman was 1-for-1 with two RBIs and scored three times.

   “We made some careless mistakes but got a good growing experience coming from behind and showing some determination,” Trimmer said. “We had some timely hitting with runners in scoring position late in the ball game.”

   Asher 6, Tupelo 2

   In the regional title game against Asher, Hickman went 2-for-3 with a double and scored a run, and Keara Bourland drove home both runs in a 1-for-2 effort with a double.

   “Asher is just tough. We tried to pick out a handful of things we did wrong in that game when really, all it came down to was what Asher did right,” Trimmer said.

   Tupelo 12, Okarche 0

   Against Okarche in the first game of the day, the Lady Tigers compiled 14 hits as Hickman was 4-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored. Luci Palmer went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Vick was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.

   Kurston Chamberlain and Hailey Ellis also had a triple apiece. Kurston Chamberlain went 1-for-2 and drove in two runs, and Ellis was 1-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored. Sanders also went 1-for-2 with one RBI and scored three times.

   Vick allowed just two Okarche hits in that opener.

   “I’m proud of them. They came out against a higher ranked opponent with an exceptional resumé and just played fearless,” said Trimmer. “We hit it well and didn’t give up a run to a team that scored 20-plus runs in multiple games.”

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