Entering Monday, the playoff picture in District 3A-3 was pretty clear as to which teams have the inside track to a berth in the regional tournament.

 

But the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs decided to clear up another picture, who has the inside track to the district championship.

Sulphur managed to hold off a late rally to win the second round of the Battle of the Arbuckles, winning 8-4 against the Davis Lady Wolves at the Davis Softball Field.

The victory moves Sulphur to 17-3 on the season and 8-1 in district play, leaving them in first place.

Davis meanwhile is still in control of second place at 15-8 and 5-2, but will need to defeat Lexington on Thursday to ensure they keep ahold of second place. 

Sulphur got on the board in the top of the first when Macenzie Ruth slapped an RBI double to left field which scored Makella Mobly. 

Meredith Jones then doubled the advantage with an RBI groundout which scored Ruth.

In the top of the second, Blakelyn Barber kept the momentum going for Sulphur when she scored on a passed ball, before Jones brought home Hailey Keith with an RBI single to make it 4-0.

Kady Lynch then got in on the action with a two-RBI single to right field, before Jones scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-0.

Davis managed to get on the board in the bottom of the third when Alexis Barnes got an RBI double to left field which scored Madi Merrell. 

The Lady Wolves began to try and chip away at the deficit in the fourth with two runs as Gracie Eggleston got a sacrifice-fly RBI, before Lexi Ryan scored on a passed ball to make it 7-3. 

But Sulphur had an answer in the top of the fifth as Kinlee Duck got an RBI double to right which scored Shallen Mershon to make it 8-3. 

Davis got one more run back in the bottom of the fifth when Ayanna Miller got an RBI bunt single which scored Ryan, but the Lady Wolves wouldn’t get any closer. 

Harley Beesley got the win on the mound for Sulphur, throwing a complete game. She allowed three earned runs on nine hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Kourtney Randell took the loss for Davis, throwing 5 2/3 innings of work. She allowed three earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks. 

Sulphur is on the road today at Byng, while Davis is in action at home against Stonewall.