BYNG — No. 10 Byng didn’t exactly get off to a blazing start during its Class 5A District Tournament Thursday afternoon at Bobby Johns Field.
But after the Lady Pirates heated up, it was all she wrote for district foes Bethel and Seminole.
Byng scored 57 runs on 61 hits in three victories in rolling to the Class 5A district crown. The Lady Pirates downed Bethel 18-6 before defeating Seminole by counts of 24-2 and 15-3.
Byng improved to 19-10 on the year and advanced to a Class 5A Regional Tournament next week. Bethel is done at 5-17, and Seminole ends its season at 7-18.
“Hopefully, our bats will stay hot,” said Byng head coach Scott Fortner. “It’s going to be a good test for us in regionals next week. We’re looking forward to it, and we’re glad we got past this first hurdle.”
Byng 18, Bethel 6
The Lady Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to grab a 6-1 lead and seemed to have the host Lady Pirates right where they wanted them.
However, Byng rallied to knot the score at 6-6 with five runs in the top of the sixth and pulled away with a 12-run outburst in the top of the seventh.
Slugger Britney Brooks-Teel hit two home runs during Byng’s huge seventh-inning explosion — a solo shot and a three-run homer. Krosby Clinton added a two-run homer in the inning, Kali Dennis ripped an RBI triple and Karissa Shico had a run-scoring double.
“We got off to a really slow start against Bethel. We have a tendency sometimes to have one of those kind of games. I told my girls I’m going to be 55 on Saturday, and they’re going to give me a heart attack before I turn 55 with games like that,” Fortner said.
Teel finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored and a walk. Clinton went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs and four run scored. Kennedy Large and Shico both had three hits each. Large had three RBIs and scored twice, while Shico knocked in two runs and scored two times.
Byng 24, Seminole 2
Byng exploded for 15 runs in the bottom of the second to sink Seminole early.
Sydnee Fortner and Karissa Shico each went 4-for-4 from the plate, and Krosby Clinton homered in a lethal 26-hit Byng attack.
Fortner hit a triple and a double, while knocking in three runs and scoring three times. Shico ended up with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored.
Kennedy Large and Hannah Boyd each finished 3-for-3, and Clinton was 3-for-4 for the Lady Pirates.
Large hit a double, drove home three runs and scored twice. Boyd hit a triple, and a double, knocked in a run and scored three times. Clinton had three RBIs and scored four runs for the locals.
Kali Dennis went 2-for-2 from the plate with a team-leading six RBIs for Byng.
Addison McGill (2-for-3 with one RBI and three runs scored), Britney Brooks-Teel (2-for-3 with four runs scored) and McKinley Feazle (2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored) also contributed big to the BHS offense.
Levi Ary hit a double and had two RBIs to pace Seminole.
Byng 15, Seminole 3
The Lady Pirates raced to a 10-0 lead after three innings and cruised to the district championship.
McKinley Feazle, who finished 2-for-4 with a triple, knocked in three runs for the Lady Pirates, who compiled 17 hits in four inning.
Hannah Boyd hit a double, drove in three runs and scored three times for Byng from her nine-hole spot in the lineup.
Karissa Shico and Maddie Kelough topped the Byng hitting chart, as each went 3-for-3 with one RBI. One of Shico’s hits went for a double.
Sydnee Fortner, 2-for-3 with a double, had two RBIs, as did Addison McGill, who was 1-for-2.
Krosby Clinton, who was 2-for-3, also drove in a run.
BHS pitcher Kali Dennis limited Seminole to four hits.
Alexa Newton hit a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning to spoil the Byng shutout.