PLAINVIEW — Through two district games this season, the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs are learning a very hard lesson.

PLAINVIEW — Through two district games this season, the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs are learning a very hard lesson.

It’s one thing to get to the top, it’s another to stay at the top.

The defending district champions encountered another stiff challenge on Monday, but managed to overcome the Plainview Lady Indians 18-8 in six innings.

For the moment, the Lady Bulldogs have survived their opening two tests in district, and sit tied atop the district standings at 2-0 with Lone Grove. 

Plainview meanwhile dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-1 in district play.

Sulphur broke open a close game in the top of the sixth, after finally being able to flex its offensive muscle.

10 runs, four of which came from bases loaded walks, helped SHS take an 18-6 advantage, after the game was tightly contested at 8-6 entering the sixth.

Paisley Runyan and Shallen Mershawn each added RBI hits in the inning, with Mershawn’s being a three-RBI double to left field on a line drive. Makella Mobly and Kenzie Ruth also scored on a throwing error in the inning. 

Ironically enough it was the Lady Indians getting the first few runs across the board in the bottom of the first, as PHS put five on the board.

After Halee Womack scored on a passed ball, Lexi Hackney slapped an RBI single to center to make it a 2-0 advantage.

Jenna Jennings then collected an RBI bunt single to make it 3-0, before Peyton Garrett made it 4-0 with an RBI single, while Jennings would score on the same play following a throwing error.

Sulphur showed the mettle of champions though, coming back with a quick response.

Ashley Bivens scored following a throwing error off a sacrifice bunt, before Mobly smacked a two-RBI double to left center field.

Sulphur got one more run off a passed ball to make it a 5-4 game.

Plainview’s lead would finally be broken in the top of the fourth inning with two big plays.

Kady Lynch sent a line drive to right field, resulting in an RBI triple to tie the game at 5-5.

Sophomore Abby Beck then got all of a pitch, sending it over the right field fence, putting Sulphur up 7-5.

However, Brooklyn Storts then cut the deficit to 7-6 with an RBI single to center in the bottom half of the fourth.

Mershawn then smashed a solo home run to left field, putting the Lady Bulldogs up 8-6 after the fifth inning.

Harlee Beesley got the win on the mound for Sulphur, throwing 5 2/3 innings of work. She allowed six earned runs on eight hits with six walks and two strikeouts.

Britney Dunlap took the loss on the mound for Plainview, throwing six innings of work. She allowed 13 earned runs on 12 hits with nine walks and three strikeouts.

Sulphur is back at home this afternoon against Dickson in a non-district, while Plainview will continue district play with a road game against Pauls Valley.