For all the success the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs have had over the past eight years, there has been one small gap, appearances at the fast pitch state tournament.

For all the success the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs have had over the past eight years, there has been one small gap, appearances at the fast pitch state tournament.

Sulphur last made its presence felt at the state fast pitch tournament in 2016.

But all of that changed on Friday afternoon in Kingston.

Harley Beesley pitched a complete game as Sulphur knocked out last years state quarterfinalists Kingston with a 5-1 victory at Kingston High School.

“All year we truly felt we were good enough to be in the regional finals and win a regional title,” Sulphur coach Heath Gilbert said. “It just felt like it was destiny for this group. We didn’t expect to do it the hard way on the road, but it happened. We had to travel to a hostile environment and get it done.”

“We had some great pitching over the last two days,” Gilbert added. “Blakelyn Barber was superb against Chandler shutting them down, and Harley Beesley had two great games against Kingston. Our girls were jacked up Thursday night and it carried over to Friday. I’m super proud of this group.” 

Shallen Mershon got the scoring started in the bottom of the first with an RBI single which scored Makella Mobly to make it 1-0. 

After a couple of scoreless innings, Abby Beck gave the Lady Bulldogs some breathing space as she blasted a two-run home run to right field to make it 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth. 

Later in the inning, Mobly got an RBI single which scored Barber to make it 4-0. 

Kingston managed to get one run in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1, but Sulphur had a response.

Beck got her second home run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, this time a solo shot to right field to make it 5-1. 

Beck finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBI’s. 

Beesley allowed just four hits with one earned run in seven innings of work. She also struck out six batters while allowing two walks.

Sulphur will be in action at the Class 3A state tournament beginning on Thursday at Firelake Casino in Shawnee. 

The brackets will be leased early next week by the OSSAA.