For the better part of the season, District 4A-3 has seen two teams consistently either at the top or near the top of the standings. The Lone Grove Lady Horns and the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs.

For the better part of the season, District 4A-3 has seen two teams consistently either at the top or near the top of the standings. The Lone Grove Lady Horns and the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs.

Monday afternoon, these two talented programs met up for the third time this season, with the right to claim the district title on the line at the Sulphur softball complex.

In what turned out to be a classic encounter, it was the Lady Horns managing to scrap across three runs in the top of the eighth inning to win 4-1, giving them the outright district championship.

Lone Grove will host a regional tournament as a result of being district champion, while Sulphur can finish no worse than second place. 

The victory moved the Lady Horns to 20-5 on the season and 11-1 in district play, while snapping the Lady Bulldogs 16-game winning streak in the process.

Sulphur fell to 26-6 on the season and 8-3 in district play with the defeat.

It took until the top of the fifth inning for the first run of the game to be scored, and it was through Lone Grove’s Abbi Atkinson as she slapped an RBI double to left field, which scored Maci McMurtrey.

But with one out in the bottom of the sixth, it was Sulphur’s Harley Beesley stepping to the plate and tying the game with a solo home run to left field. 

After a scoreless seventh inning, Lone Grove finally got the breakthrough in the top of the eighth. 

An error allowed Paige Anderson to score, while Maci McMurtrey bunted into a fielder’s choice, which allowed Logan Ketchum to score, putting the Lady Horns ahead 3-1. 

Another error in the same inning would allow McMurtrey to later score, securing the victory for Lone Grove. 

Emmy Guthrie got the win on the mound for the Lady Horns, throwing eight innings of work. She allowed one earned run on five hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts. 

Beesley took the loss for Sulphur in the circle, throwing eight innings. She allowed two earned runs on nine hits with six walks and seven strikeouts. 

Lone Grove will be back in action on Sept. 21 at the Chickasha Tournament, while Sulphur will finish district play today on the road against Pauls Valley.