The Wilson Eagles are going back to the state Class 3A tournament, this time as regional champs.

The Wilson Eagles are going back to the state Class 3A tournament, this time as regional champs.

The Eagles were in a hitting groove on Thursday, terrorizing Rock Creek for 17 hits in a 14-3 win in their regional final. After their marathon 15-3 win over Rush Springs went 11 innings, the Eagles didn’t waste time in the championship.

Wilson (18-4) took a 10-0 lead on Rock Creek by the fourth, waltzing to its first regional title since 2003. Healdton (19-11) battled back from a 1-0 loss to Rock Creek in its opener to win two games in a row, including a 7-6 victory over Rock Creek in the second-place game, to advance to state.

“It’s our first time taking gold in awhile,” said Wilson senior Bree Labeth, who will play in her fourth state tournament. “Every year, we’ve had to battle back, but this time we won our first two. It feels really good to get that done.”

For Wilson, there was no time for games. Last year’s state home-run hero Malorie Shepard knocked in two runs on a homer to center field in the first inning, and Daylynn Black and Kelcey Yanez each added RBI doubles in the top of the third to put Wilson up 4-0.

The Eagles hit double-digit runs the next inning. Brittany Shepard led off with a walk and Paige Reed and Brittany Moore both singled to load the bases. Labeth grounded to Rock Creek shortstop Jade Graham, whose throw home was off line, scoring Brittany Shepard.

With one out, Kandice Cain and Rachel Cain drew consecutive RBI walks for the 7-0 advantage. Black added a run on a sacrifice fly to center field and Yanez and Malorie Shepard had back-to-back RBI singles for the final runs of the fourth.

“The second game we came out and took care of business,” Labeth said. “We didn’t fool around.”

Rock Creek scored each of its three runs in the bottom of the fifth, via two mis-throws to first base on grounders. Those runs came after coach Scott Hartman had a team meeting at the pitcher’s circle with two runners on base and two outs.

Other than that, the Eagles soared to state again, adding four more runs in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk to Brittany Shepard, RBI singles from Reed and Moore and a sacrifice fly from Labeth.

“I don’t care if we come in first or second,” Hartman said. “I just told them to give yourself a chance to get there (state).

“They came out and made up their minds that they weren’t gonna go to an extra-inning game again.”

Yanez was 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI, Reed and Moore were each 3-for-4 with an RBI and Malorie Shepard knocked in three runs for Wilson.

Healdton 7, Rock Creek 6
In the bottom of the seventh trailing 7-4, Rock Creek loaded the bases and No. 4 hitter Katelynn Russell hit a ball to left field. The Mustangs plated two runs but the Bulldogs got the relay throw in for catcher Carly Fletcher to tag the tying run out at home to preserve the win.

“I told them after the first one was over with that we knew why we got beat,” Healdton coach David Bingman said. “We were good enough to go if we wanted to. They came together, got focused and did what they had to do.”

Healdton won an elimination game with Rush Springs 6-1 to advance to the second-place game. No information was reported.

Wilson 15, Rush Springs 3, 11 inn.
WILSON — It took the Eagles 11 innings to find their swing from last postseason.

A 12-run 11th, highlighted by a Brittany Shepard grand slam, was the explosion on offense Wilson needed to carry it into the championship. Until the Eagles’ huge inning, neither team had scored since the sixth.

Malorie Shepard was 5-for-6 with a double, Paige Reed doubled and Brittany Shepard added a double to her base-clearing shot.

Rock Creek 1, Healdton 0
WILSON — A sacrifice fly to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning sent Rock Creek to a regional championship game against Wilson.

Healdton best chance to tie came in the top of the seventh. With runners on second and third with one out, Kelsey Porterfield grounded back to the pitcher and Rock Creek turned a 1-3-2 double play, as the Bulldogs’ Katy Fletcher was ruled out at home plate on a controversial call.

Erik K. Horne