Sterlington 4, Oak Grove 3
Carson Lyon's two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth snapped a 2-all stalemate as Sterlington turned back Oak Grove 4-3 Wednesday afternoon in the second half of a double header.
Sterlington won the first game by an identical 4-3 margin over Neville in the completion of a suspended game from Tuesday.
Wednesday was a big day for the Lyon sisters as Cheyanne Lyon went deep in ULM's 13-5 victory over Alcorn State. Over the past five days, the sisters have combined to swat four home runs.
Against Oak Grove in a game matching two state runner-up programs from last season, the Lady Panthers entered the sixth inning trailing 2-1.
Breanna Sylvestri's triggered the rally with an infield single and slid in ahead of the throw at third base on K.B. Briley's bunt single. Briley advanced to second without a throw, setting up a second-and-third situation with nobody out. Rebekah Wood's sacrifice fly chauffeured Sylvestri home with the tying run.
Next, Lyon cleared the left field fence for a two-run bomb to give Sterlington a 4-2 advantage.
Down to their final out, the Lady Tigers refused to go away.
Seventh-grader Karlie Glascock, batting from the No. 9 spot, kept the Lady Tigers' hopes alive with a solo home run over the left-center fence.
Back to the top of the order, Amber Sullivan reached on an error and scampered to second on Carlee Newton's base hit before Sylvestri retired the side with a ground ball back to the circle.
Sterlington went up 1-0 in the first when Tanner Wilson drew a leadoff walk, stole second and touched home on Briley's RBI single to center.
Lila Ostrowski's one-out single chased home Kelsie Travis, who walked and went to second on Whitney Plunkett's sacrifice bunt, to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth.
Oak Grove forged its first lead in the top of the sixth.
Carlee Newton was safe on a fielding error and Madison Crowe pushed a bunt single down the first base line. Escaping a rundown, Newton slid in safely ahead of the tag at third base, and the Lady Tigers had two runners in scoring position with nobody out.
Plunkett's ground ball to shortstop (Briley) plated Newton with the go-ahead run before Sylvestri avoided further damage with a fly ball to Lyon in right field.
Sylvestri pitched three innings for the win in relief of Tanner Wilson.
Briely went 2-for-3 to pace the Lady Panthers (23-4) offensively, Lyon smacked the game-altering home run and Sylvestri, Wood and Carly Wilson singled.
Newton went 2-for-3 with a double as the Lady Tigers out-hit Sterlington 8-6. Glascock homered and Madison Crowe, Plunkett, Ostrowski and Madison Caston singled.
Ostrowski struck out four and walked only one in a complete game effort for Oak Grove (16-8).
Sterlington closes out a three-game homestand Thursday with a 5 p.m. varsity/JV double header against Cedar Creek. The Lady Panthers are 7-1 in one-run games with their only loss being a 6-5 decision at the hands of Cedar Creek on March 24, in the Cedar Creek Tournament.