COLEMAN — Bennington, Caney and Coleman advanced in the winner’s bracket Thursday in the opening round of the Coleman’s slow-pitch softball tournament. Caddo is still alive after playing two on the opening day.
Bennington bested Stringtown 11-7, Caney crushed Wapanucka 13-1 and Coleman blanked Pittsburg 16-0.
Caddo was knocked to the loser’s bracket by Tupelo with a 12-2 loss, then took down Wapy 13-7.
The action continues today with Caney and Tupelo at noon, and Bennington and Coleman at 1:10 p.m. Caddo will take on the loser of the Bennington/Coleman game at 2:30.
Bennington 11, Stringtown 7
After sitting down the first two Stringtown batters, Bennington made a few errors that let the Lady Tigers take an early 3-0 lead.
The Lady Bears got an RBI rap in the bottom of the second from Ashton Belvin, who ended up on third when Stringtown tried for a play at the plate.
Down 3-1 going into the bottom of the third, Bennington came to life. Kaylee Malone jumpstarted it with a single to right field. After Taylor Dancer flied out to left, Anna Folsom lifted a two-run homer over the centerfield fence.
Hayleah Lowery hit a single up the third-base line and Nicole McWilliams took a walk to set up an RBI single by Callie Clark. Crystal Tate then made contact to load the bases.
After Stringtown’s pitcher walked in two runs, leadoff Erica Noland knocked in three more. Malone added an RBI to her stats on her second at-bat of the frame and stood safe at second. Dancer flied out to left for the inning’s second out.
The Lady Tigers weren’t taking any more chances with Folsom, just putting her on base. Lowery was able to score Malone before McWilliams flied out to end the big rally that put Bennington on top 11-3.
The Lady Bears committed several fielding and throwing errors in the top of the fourth that allowed the Lady Tigers to put four more runs on the board. But Tate cushioned the lead a bit more with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame. And the Bennington defense didn’t allow another score, bringing the run rule into effect after the top of the fifth.
Dancer got the win on the mound.
Tupelo 12, Caddo 2
Tupelo’s second batter of the game blasted a solo shot over the left-field fence. The next frame, the top of the second, Caddo’s second out came from batting out of order. The tone of the game seemed to have been set.
The Lady Tigers kept reloading the bases in the third, twice on walks. They batted around and lit up another nine runs on the scoreboard to make it 10-0 after three.
Caddo tallied its only two runs in the fourth with two outs. Lillie Kate Hearon reached on an error that also allowed Carrie Henson to score. On the next play, Charlsie Grace put one over second base that got Brittany Schafer home and herself on first. The Lady Bruins closed the gap to 10-2.
Tupelo pushed it right back to a 10-point deficit in the bottom of the frame, hitting the run rule with only one out.
Caddo 13, Wapanucka 7
Despite three Caddo errors in the opening frame, Wapanucka counted only one score and left runners at second and third.
Caddo three-hole Carrie Henson knocked in Hailey Crosslen on a double over the rover’s head for the Lady Bruins’ only score of the first. Wapy led it 2-1.
Caddo added four runs in the second to take a 5-2 lead. Charlsie Grace hit an RBI single to short right-center, and Juana Fain barely put one in play that ended up scoring a run with bases loaded. Tylar Houser hit a two-RBI single.
Wapy’s only score in the third came off an RBI single that had Caddo second baseman Des Haugen diving in the dirt.
In the bottom of the third, the Lady Bruins took advantage of errors. Haugen got to second when her hit bounced off the rover’s glove. Kalli Whisenhunt (also celebrating her birthday) reached first when the shortstop couldn’t make a throw from her knees. Haugen scored on the play, which also allowed Whisenhunt to move into scoring position. She crossed the plate on a hit by Brittany Schafer, which put herself safe at third.
Hearon landed a short ball with a thud to get on base. Then, Grace got an RBI but on the first out of the inning.
The one for the highlight reel was an inside-the-park grand slam for Caddo leadoff hitter Jessie Price with two outs. Crosslen got another double but was left on base. The score was 12-3.
The Lady Indians tried to mount a comeback in the fifth inning, managing four runs. But the Lady Bruins added one more in the sixth before closing the game on a 1-6-3 double play.