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Stonewall gets off to a beastly start

Mar. 29—STONEWALL — The Stonewall Lady Longhorns were beasts themselves during their opener at the 2024 Beast of the East Tournament.

The Lady Longhorns — the tournament hosts — rolled past local foe Konawa 13-1 to get the action started Thursday morning.

Coach Chase Tidwell's club — which has now won five of its past six games — improved to 7-10 on the year and was scheduled to play a winner's bracket contest later Thursday.

Stonewall 13, Konawa 1

Austin Bell led off the game with a solo home run that put Konawa on top 1-0. But the Lady Tigers wouldn't strike again.

Stonewall scored three times in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead for good and then erupted for eight runs in the second frame to pull away.

The game ended via the run rule when Faith Ross scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kaylee Ross for Stonewall's second run in the bottom of the third inning.

Faith Ross and Sierra Lumbert had two hits each to pace a seven-hit SHS offense. Ross finished 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored and Lumbert went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Kylie Alford finished 1-for-2 with three RBIs and Kaylee Ross ended up 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for the home team.

After Bell's leadoff blast, the Lady Tigers got only two more hits — singles from Anjali Bahe and Piper Kirkwood.

Coalgate clips Stratford, 3-1

The Coalgate Lady Wildcats scored twice in the top of the first inning and that turned out to be enough in a 3-1 win over local foe Stratford Thursday morning at the Beast of the East Tournament.

The Lady Wildcats, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, improved to 10-2 on the year, while Class 3A No. 14 Stratford dropped to 5-7.

Both teams continued play in the tournament later in the day.

Coalgate 3, Stratford 1

The Lady Wildcats got a pair of two-out hits — an RBI single by Olivia Nelson and an RBI double by Myca Farris — to grab the early 2-0 lead.

Macy Delozier added a run-scoring double of her own in the top of the third inning that put Coalgate on top 3-0.

Stratford got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth frame when Briley Cantrell led off with a double, went to third on a groundout by Callie Sandlin and raced home on a ground ball off the bat of Callee Ortega. The Lady Bulldogs stranded a pair of base runners in that same inning.

Stratford got their first two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth but a double play helped Coach Matt Benedict's squad get out of that jam.

Coalgate collected 11 hits in the game, led by Jojo Lambert who finished 3-for-3 with a run scored. Nelson and Farris both finished 2-for-3 for the winners.

Ryleigh Ardery led a seven-hit Stratford offense with a 2-for-3 outing.