The Sulphur Bulldogs gave up little and scored at will en route to a Class 5A district title on Thursday.


The Sulphur Bulldogs gave up little and scored at will en route to a Class 5A district title on Thursday.

Sarah Shores fell a home run short of the cycle, and Sulphur racked up 15 hits in its final game of the district tournament, a 12-0 blanking of Kingston. The victory was the third game of the day in which the Bulldogs (16-13) scored 12 runs more.

Shores led the final flurry, going 3-for-3 with a double and a triple. Harlee Griffis, Haley White, Allie Saunders, Hali Gilbert and Darian Crevatt each went 2-for-3 for Sulphur.

The Bulldogs plated 10 runs in the first two innings, and kept Kingston at bay with sound defense.

Sulphur only committed one error in three tournament games.

“Katie Jones made several great plays out in right field,” Sulphur coach Joe Knapp said. “The wind was blowing straight sideways, the ball was curving. She came up and made a lot of great plays.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with the way we played.”

Sulphur 16, Kingston 1

SULPHUR — Sierra McCurry was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run — her third homer in two games — and Sulphur posted a 12-run fourth inning to beat Kingston.

Gilbert was 2-for-3 with a double. Griffis was 1-for-2 with a double, and Shores, Ashlee Walker and Destiny Rogers were each 2-for-3 for Sulphur.

Sabrina Slatton hit a solo home run for Kingston’s only run in the third inning.

Sulphur 12, Madill 0

SULPHUR — McCurry started the tournament off right for Sulphur, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, a triple and five RBIs against Madill.

McCurry hit a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run homer in the third, as Sulphur led 9-0 after three frames.

Saunders was 3-for-3 for the Bulldogs. Crevatt and Brendiel Sims each doubled and Jones added a triple.

Kingston 10, Madill 0

SULPHUR — Sabrina Slatton fell a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-3 to lead Kingston over Madill in Class 5A district play on Thursday.

Slatton doubled and homered for the Redskins, who scored five runs in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead. Mikayla Wells, Tara McGahey and Macey Bayles each added a triple for Kingston.

Wells was 2-for-3 and Jaci Beal was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

No. 3 Washington eliminates Dickson

DICKSON — Despite an early win in its district tournament, the Dickson Comets were unable to carry the momentum into the afternoon, dropping back-to-back contests to Class 5A No. 3 Washington to fall short in district tournament play Thursday.

Dickson (14-9) seemed on the right track early, earning a 13-7 win over Marietta. The Comets got offensive contributions from Jordan Scott and Kailey King, who each had doubles, while Brittney Jones got the win on the mound.

The offense, however, stagnated at the wrong times against Washington in the second contest. Despite nine hits, Dickson was only able to score three runs, with Bryanne Knox’s double leading the way in a 5-3 loss.

Little changed in the finale, as Washington earned a 12-4 win to win the district title. Once again, Dickson had its fair share of offense, popping 11 hits, but couldn’t get the runs across that Washington did.

Washington beat Marietta 14-0 in an earlier contest. Marietta finished the season 5-19.

Healdton rolls through 3A district


HEALDTON — The Healdton slowpitch softball team won district yet again Thursday, sweeping through the opposition to earn its fifth consecutive district title.

“It feels good,” coach David Bingman said. “We’ve kind of made a habit of it over the years because we’ve been fortunate to have really good players.”

Healdton (13-11) let it be known early that they meant business yet again in 2012 by powering over Achille in an 8-0 five-inning affair.
Ceeann Gosvenner had a triple for Healdton, while Kalla McCabe got the win in the circle.

Stratford, however, proved a more formidable opponent. In the first game between the two, Stratford jumped to as big as a 7-2 lead before Healdton was able to claw back with a two-run fifth inning, followed by a six-run burst in the next frame.

Healdton held on for the 10-7 win, then once again survived a back-and-forth affair to top Stratford again 12-8 and earn the district title.

“They made us work for it,” Bingman said of Stratford. “Our teams were pretty similar as far as abilities go.

“I think our girls were able to handle the pressure.”

Courtney Wiley was the offensive star of the day, going 2-for-3 in each of the opening two contests before smashing a home run in the finale. Brandi Collier added a double in the second game, followed by a 2-for-3 performance in the championship.