SPERRY — Class 3A No. 3 Sulphur went 4-0 through the Sperry Tournament defeating Verdigris 13-5 in the championship game Saturday.
Coach Heath Gilbert wanted to test his team against schools from the northern part of the state, and the Bulldogs were up to the challenge. Sulphur didn't allow more than four runs in a game until the final, defeating Pawhuska 11-4, Sperry 6-1 and Dewey 4-1.
"We started last year because so many of the teams in 3A in the Tulsa area are ranked in the top 10," said Gilbert of playing Tulsa-area tournaments. "Those are the teams you're gonna have to play and beat in the state tournament.
"It paid off for us last year and hopefully it makes us even better for this run."
Sulphur (25-4) dominated in the championship game, run-ruling Verdigris in five innings. Allie Saunders allowed just two hits in the circle, and Reilly Williams and Hali Gilbert each had a double and an RBI.
Harlee Griffis finished off an outstanding tournament with a 3-for-3 day, four runs scored and an RBI. Griffis had two hits or more in three of Sulphur's four games.
Saunders only gave up three hits combined against Dewey and Sperry, and Haley White was 3-for-3 in a blowout of Pawhuska.
"They came up here and played their hearts out, showed a little Southern Oklahoma softball," Gilbert said. "Allie (Saunders) pitched well and Harlee Griffis was on fire the whole tournament. We're really building for the playoffs."
Sulphur 13, Verdigris 5
Allie Saunders and Hali Gilbert. W — Saunders (21-4).
Noteables — Sulphur: Saunders 5 IP, 2 H, 2 Ks; Harlee Griffis 3-3, 4 R, 3B, RBI; Reilly Williams 2B, RBI; Hali Gilbert 2B, RBI.
Sulphur 4, Dewey 1
Allie Saunders and Hali Gilbert. W — Saunders.
Noteables — Sulphur: Saunders 6 IP, 1 H, 2 Ks; Haley White 1-2, 2B; Reilly Williams 2B, 2 RBIs.
Sulphur 6, Sperry 1
Allie Saunders and Hali Gilbert. W — Saunders.
Noteables — Sulphur: Harlee Griffis 2-2, RBI; Hali Gilbert 2-3, 2B; Saunders 5 IP, 2 H, 4 Ks.
Sulphur 11, Pawhuska 4
Reilly Williams and Hali Gilbert. W — Williams (3-0).
3B — Sulphur: Jaydn Ramer.
Noteables — Sulphur: Haley White 3-3, 2B; Harlee Griffis 2-4, 2 RBIs; Jaydn Ramer RBI.
Dickson wins 3 of 4 at Durant
DURANT — Dickson continued its climb back to .500 with three wins in four games at the Durant tournament Friday and Saturday.
The Comets started 3-0 with wins against Bennington 14-1, Valliant 5-3 and McAlester 12-11, before losing to Duncan 5-0.
Madison Rozzell tossed a three-inning no-hitter against Bennington and the Comets' offense posted 14 hits. Kamryn Adams was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Kelsie Bidwell homered for Dickson. Bryttni Gardner and Nikki Faulkner each had two hits.
Page 2 of 5 - Dickson scored all five of its runs in the fourth inning against Valliant. The Comets only had four hits, but found other ways to take the lead.
Brittany Wood's RBI walk with the bases loaded starting the scoring, and Jacie Battles scored on a passed ball to give Dickson a 2-0 lead. Rozzell added a two-run triple and Abby McLaughlin followed with an RBI single.
Against McAlester, Dickson survived a shootout. The Comets scoed 11 runs in the first two innings, but McAlester put up seven runs in the top of the third to tie the game at 11-all.
With one out in the third, Tori Crook reached base on an error to bring home Faulkner with the winning run. McLaughlin was 2-for-3 with three RBIs — including a two-run double in the second — Jacie Battle had three RBIs and Bidwell drove in two runs.
In their final game, Duncan's Corrina Rivas locked down the Dickson lineup with 11 strikeouts and only one hit allowed in six innings.
Rozzell struck out seven and walked two in six innings for Dickson in the loss.
Duncan 5, Dickson 0
Dickson 000 000 — 0 1 1
Duncan 020 030 — 5 7 0
Madison Rozzell and Bryttni Gardner. Duncan battery not available. W — Corrina Rivas.
L — Rozzell.
Noteables — Nikki Faulkner 1-2.
Dickson 12, McAlester 11
McAlester 047 — 11 11 3
Dickson 561 — 12 8 3
Madison Rozzell and Bryttni Gardner. McAlester battery not available. W — Rozzell.
2B — Dickson: Abby McLaughlin.
Noteables — Dickson: Bidwell 2 RBIs, 2 R; McLaughlin 2-3, 3 RBIs, R; Jacie Battles 3 RBIs, R; Rozzell/Tori Crook/Brittany Wood RBI each.
Dickson 5, Valliant 3
Dickson 000 50 — 4 4 0
Valliant 000 30 — 3 3 1
Madison Rozzell and Bryttni Gardner. Valliant battery not available. W — Rozzell.
2B — Dickson: Kelsie Bidwell. 3B — Dickson: Rozzell.
Noteables — Dickson: Rozzell 2-3, 2 RBIs, R; Abby McLaughlin/Brittany Wood RBI each.
Dickson 14, Bennington 1
Dickson 680 — 14 14 0
Bennington 001 — 1 0 2
Madison Rozzell and Bryttni Gardner. Bennington battery not available. W — Rozzell.
2B — Dickson: Kamryn Adams. 3B — Dickson: Rozzell. HR — Dickson: Kelsie Bidwell.
Noteables — Dickson: Nikki Faulkner 2-3, 2 R; Jacie Battles 2 SB, 2 R, RBI; Bryttni Gardner 2-2, RBI; Adams 3-2, 2 RBIs, 2 R; Bidwell 2 RBIs, 2 R.
Marietta drops four at Durant
DURANT — Marietta went 0-4 at the Durant tournament, losing each game by four runs or fewer.
The Indians fell 4-0 to Broken Bow, 11-7 to Durant, 6-4 to Kingston and 5-1 to Plainview. Against Broken Bow, Landry Willis gave up four runs in the first inning, but held the Savages scoreless for four innings. Willis struck out five and walked three in the loss, and Logan Willis had two of Marietta's four hits.
Page 3 of 5 - Marietta had to fight back from a 9-0 deficit against Durant after just one inning. The Indians had nine hits, paced by Shelby Langston going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Shawna Dewey and Kilee Spanglo each had two hits for Marietta.
Marietta led 4-2 after three innings against Kingston, but the Redskins shut the Indians out in the final three innings. In the fourth, Shannon Lane tied the game with a two-run double and Kristen Self scored on an error to put Kingston ahead for good.
Self was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and Taylor Freeman had two RBIs for Kingston. Logan Willis and Kendra McClendon each had two hits for Marietta.
Against Plainview, Tayte Sampson gave up nine hits but held Marietta to just one run over seven innings. Kaylee Roskam led Plainview with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Logan Willis had three hits and McClendon was 2-for-3 for Marietta.
Plainview 5, Marietta 1
Marietta 000 010 0 — 1 9 0
Plainview 000 023 x — 5 11 0
Landry Willis and Shelby Langston. Tayte Sampson and Parker Stewart. W — Sampson. L — Willis.
2B — Marietta: Shytanna Hicks; Plainview: Kaylee Roskam 2, Mikaylyn Gerken. 3B — Plainview: Hannah Beth Matherly.
Noteables — Marietta: Logan Willis 3-4; Kendra McClendon 2-3. Plainview: Kaylee Roskam 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2 R; McKenzie Williams 2-3, RBI.
Kingston 6, Marietta 4
Kingston 101 301 — 6 9 1
Marietta 112 000 — 4 6 2
Kingston battery not available. Landry Willis and Shawna Dewey. W — Wallace. L — Willis.
2B — Kingston: Shannon Lane, Taylor Freeman, Tori Dupree; Marietta: Shawna Dewey, Kendra McClendon.
Noteables — Kingston: Lane 2 RBIs; Kristen Self 3-4, 4 R; Freeman 2 RBIs. Marietta: Logan Willis 2-3, RBI, R; McClendon 2-3; Williams RBI.
Durant 11, Marietta 7
Marietta 014 2 — 7 9 3
Durant 911 0 — 11 12 1
Landry Willis and Shleby Langston. Durant battery not available. L — Willis.
2B — Marietta: Langston 2.
Noteables — Marietta: Langston 3-3, 2 RBIs, 2 SBs; Shawna Dewey 2-3, 2 R; Kilee Spanglo 2-3, R; Cashlyn Williams/Brooke Jones RBI each.
Broken Bow 4, Marietta 0
Marietta 000 000 — 0 4 0
B. Bow 400 00x — 4 4 0
Landry Willis and Shelby Langston. Broken Bow battery not available. L — Willis.
2B — Marietta: Logan Willis.
Lone Grove places 3rd in Durant
DURANT — A few plays separated Lone Grove from the championship game of the Durant tournament, as the Longhorns went 3-2 on the weekend.
Lone Grove's only losses came 1-0 to Duncan and 3-1 to Broken Bow in the tournament's third-place game.
Page 4 of 5 - "We didn't play as well as we could, had crucial errors," Lone Grove coach Jimmy Miller said. "Duncan is pretty good, but we had chances in that game, too.
"Overall, I'm pretty well pleased with the way the girls played."
Lone Grove picked up wins against Rattan (8-3), Western Heights (8-1) and Valliant (7-2).
Against Rattan, Lone Grove had 10 hits and took advantage of five Rattan errors. Raley Long had three hits and Cheyanna Stepp added two and two runs scored.
Duncan scored its lone run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly. Lone Grove's Madi Baughman and Duncan's Corrina Rivas went head to head for six innings, with Baughman allowing just three hits and Rivas allowing four. Rivas finished with 12 strikeouts.
Western Heights committed 10 errors and Lone Grove got an RBI each from Long, Tanner Gray, Harley McCutchen and Beth Hallum. Allison Bolles pitched a three-hitter over six innings, striking out three.
Baughman held Valliant to one hit over six innings, striking out five and walking none. Haley McCutchen was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Longhorns.
In the third-place game against Broken Bow, Lone Grove outhit the Savages 6-4, but also committed six errors in the loss.
Long had two hits and Haley McCutchen drove in a run against Broken Bow. The Longhorns, ranked seventh in Class 4A, improved to 20-7.
Broken Bow 3, Lone Grove 1
B. Bow 000 201 — 3 4 1
L. Grove 000 010 — 1 6 6
Broken Bow battery not available. Madi Baughman and Lynzi Taylor. W — Baughman.
2B — Lone Grove: Cheyanna Stepp. 3B — Lone Grove: Haley McCutchen.
Noteables — Lone Grove: Raley Long 2-3.
Lone Grove 7, Valliant 2
L. Grove 113 011 — 7 7 4
Valliant 100 010 — 2 1 0
Madi Baughman and Lynzi Taylor. Valliant battery not available. W — Baughman.
2B — Lone Grove: Haley McCutchen.
Noteables — Lone Grove: Haley McCutchen 2-4, 2 R; Ashton Johnson 2 R, RBI.s
Lone Grove 8, Western Heights 1
W. Heights 100 000 — 1 3 10
L. Grove 214 010 — 8 6 2
Western Heights battery not available. Madi Baughman and Lynzi Taylor. W — Baughman.
2B — Lone Grove: Raley Long, Harley McCutchen.
Noteables — Lone Grove: Long 2-4, RBI, R; Tanner Gray RBI, R; Har. McCutchen RBI, R.
Duncan 1, Lone Grove 0
L. Grove 000 000 — 0 4 0
Duncan 100 000 — 1 3 0
Madi Baughman and Lynzi Taylor. Corrina Rivas and Berkley Faulkner. W — Rivas. L — Baughman.
2B — Lone Grove: Raley Long; Duncan: Faulkner.
Page 5 of 5 - Noteables — Lone Grove: Baughman 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks.
Lone Grove 8, Rattan 3
Rattan 020 010 — 3 5 5
L. Grove 302 201 — 8 10 2
Rattan battery not available. Madi Baughman and Lynzi Taylor. W — Baughman.
Noteables — Lone Grove: Raley Long 3-4, RBI, R; Cheyanna Stepp 2-3, 2 R; Harley McCutchen RBI, R.