HEALDTON — Sometimes home field advantage, isn’t much of an advantage.
This was never more true than on Thursday afternoon at Lady Bulldog Field in Healdton.

HEALDTON — Sometimes home field advantage, isn’t much of an advantage.

This was never more true than on Thursday afternoon at Lady Bulldog Field in Healdton.

The No. 12 Lady Bulldogs managed to make the district championship series against the No. 15 Davis Lady Wolves, but were unable to hold serve as the Lady Wolves advanced to the regional tournament next week. Both teams opened the district tournament with victories overr the Hartshorne Lady Miners. 

 

Opening round

Davis 9 Hartshorne 0

There were no early jitters for the Lady Wolves in their opening contest against Hartshorne.

Leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Alexis Ball made it 3-0 with an RBI single up the middle for Davis.

Lynsey Martin extended the lead to 4-0 with an RBI bloop single through the infield.

Then, Jolie Romine struck for what would be one of her many impacts on the day.

Romine connected for a grand slam in the fourth, putting the Lady Wolves up 8-0 over the Lady Miners. Ball added one more run for the Lady Wolves in the fifth inning with an RBI bloop single to center field.

Riley Webber got the win on the mound for the Lady Wolves.

 

Healdton 14 Hartshorne 4 F/6

When the Lady Bulldogs took the field with a chance to eliminate the Lady Miners, they were met with some resistance early on after taking an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Mollie Marshall got Healdton on the board with an RBI off a ground ball, which also allowed Maddie Bradberry to score following a throwing error on the same play.

Hartshorne responded with four runs in the top of the second to grab a 4-2 lead.

However, Healdton came back with a four spot of its own to reclaim the advantage at 6-4.

First, Caycey Griffin slapped an RBI double off the base of the left field wall to make it 4-3.

Bradberry then put Healdton in front with a three-RBI double to center field.

In the fourth, the Lady Bulldogs managed to score four runs via bases loaded walks.

Adre Brown, Jessie Black, along with Bradberry and Marshall all crossed the plate in the inning, putting Healdton ahead 10-4.

Logan Miller slapped an RBI single down the third base line in the fifth to make it 11-4.

Marshall made it 12-4 with an RBI double, before Miller scored following yet another bases loaded walk.

Bradberry collected a walk-off RBI single to trigger the run-rule in the sixth inning.

Griffin got the win on the mound for the Lady Bulldogs.

 

Championship Series

Game one

Davis 14 Healdton 9 F/8

In a game that more than lived up to the hype between two ranked teams, Davis and Healdton put on a classic encounter to open the district championship series.

Jolie Romine opened the game with a bang for Davis as she hit a solo home run to right field in the top of the first.

Healdton came back through an RBI single from Logan Miller to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning.

An error off a ground ball hit by Mollie Marshall, followed by an RBI single from Jessie Black, put the Lady Bulldogs up 3-1 in the first.

Bayli Thompson and Whisper Love would each add RBI tallies to put HHS up 5-1 going to the second.

Maddie Bradberry added one more for the Lady Bulldogs in the second off an RBI bloop single to center field.

Davis attempted a small comeback in the third thanks to an RBI single from Alexis Ball, followed by an RBI sacrifice fly from Syd Martin to cut the deficit to 6-3.

Once again though, Healdton responded in the bottom half of the fourth with RBI singles from Mollie Marshall and Black to push the lead back to five runs at 8-3. Bradberry would later score in the inning following a throwing error off a ground ball hit by Thompson to make it 9-3.

And then the Lady Wolves took to the offensive in the fifth inning. 

First, Romine scored following a bases loaded walk drawn by Dylen Johnson to make it 9-4.

Brinlee Dulaney then hit a two-RBI double, putting the Lady Wolves within three at 9-6.

Kat Phillips then pushed the Lady Wolves closer to the lead with an RBI single.

Davis would leave it late as the comeback wasn’t completed until the top of the seventh inning.

RBI’s from Dulaney and Ball tied the game, sending it to extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, the Lady Wolves grabbed the lead when Jolee Grinstead scored following an error on a ground ball hit by Syd Martin, before a sacrifice fly RBI from Jaz Thomas made it 11-9.

Dulaney would leave her mark on the game in the eighth, as she hit a three-run home run to right field, sealing the victory for Davis.

 

Game two

Davis 10 Healdton 4

It might have been a different game, but it was the same Jolie Romine opening for Davis in game two.

Romine hit her second straight lead-off home run, this time to left field, putting the Lady Wolves on top early.

Jaz Thomas then got in on the long ball action as she hit a two-run home run to center field, extending the lead to 3-0.

Davis completed its dream start in the first when Brinlee Dulaney hit a solo home run of her own to center field, putting the advantage at 4-0.

Healdton managed to get a run back in the bottom half of the first when Caycey Griffin scored following a throwing error off a ground ball hit by Logan Miller. 

A fielders choice RBI from Bayli Thompson in the fourth made it 4-2, before Torree Wingo brought Healdton to within one at 4-3 with an RBI single.

Syd Martin though had other ideas for the Lady Wolves. Her three-RBI double to right center field put Davis back up 7-3 in the top of the fifth, before a sacrifice fly RBI from Dylen Johnson made it 8-3.

Martin would add a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh to pad the advantage at 10-3.

Josey Brooks scored the final run of the game for the Lady Bulldogs off a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh. 

Healdton ends its season at 17-9 while Davis improved to 19-16 overall for the season.