Sterlington 7, Haughton 2
JONESBORO — Receiving contributions from all nine batters, Sterlington rose above Class 5A Haughton 7-2 Friday afternoon in the Caroline Menzina Memorial Softball Tournament.
Sterlington put the bats in motion right away.
With one down in the top of the first, Breanna Sylvestri singled and K.B. Briley reached by error. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Rebekah Wood singled Sylvestri home with the first run of the game. Catherine Trichell's groundout plated Briley. Up next, Carson Lyon chased Chesnie Daigle (Wood's courtesy runner) across with a two-out base hit to cap the three-run frame.
Haughton went three-up, three-down in the bottom of the first as Tanner Wilson induced three straight popups.
Starting off the Sterlington second, Carly Wilson banged a leadoff double to left field. A fly out later, Tanner Wilson pulled a base hit to right as the Lady Panthers expanded the margin to 4-0.
Haughton closed within 4-1 in the home half of the second when Shelby Hensley launched a leadoff triple to left field and dashed home on a passed ball.
Sterlington further cushioned its lead with single tallies in the third, fourth and sixth.
Amber Parnell jolted a double to left with two outs and the bases empty in the third. Carly Wilson followed with an opposite field single to right, driving in pinch runner Jayla Stewart.
Tanner Wilson opened the fourth with a base hit, swiped second, moved to third on Sylvestri's sacrifice bunt and completed the round on Briley's single to left.
Sterlington manufactured another run in the sixth to go up 7-1.
Jada Smith led off with a free pass, stole second, took third on Tanner Wilson's groundout and made her way home on Sylvestri's sac fly to left.
Tanner Wilson, meanwhile, had retired 10 straight batters before yielding a leadoff to Briley LeBlanc in the sixth. LeBlanc scored as Lauren Edwards reached on a two-base error. Madison Trujillo followed with a base hit to center, but was caught attempting to advance to second when Wood took Sylvestri's throw to the plate and fired to second baseman Carly Wilson, who applied the tag for the second out. Sylvestri then hauled in a fly ball to center field for the third out.
Parnell singled with one out in the Sterlington seventh, but was stranded at second.
Savannah Selley singled to open the Haughton seventh. With two away, Reagan Jurstad doubled to left. Retrieving Jurstad's hit, left fielder Smith threw to shortstop Briley, who wheeled and delivered the relay to Wood in time to erase Selley at the plate for the game's final out.
Tanner Wilson held the Lady Bucs to five hits — one through the first five innings — while striking out five and walking one in the complete game triumph.
Sterlington (17-2) racked up a dozen hits on its way to its 15th straight victory. Seven different players contributed a hit, an RBI and scored a run. Briley paved the way by going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Parnell and Carly Wilson doubled and singled, Tanner Wilson singled twice and Sylvestri, Wood and Lyon contributed base hits.
Three of the Lady Buccanners' five hits went for extra bases as Hensley tripled, Jurstad and LeBlanc doubled and Trujillo and Selley singled.
Leah Hopson absorbed the loss in the circle for Haughton (7-7).
Tournament play concludes Saturday with the Lady Panthers taking on Castor at 9 a.m. and tournament host Cedar Creek at 1 p.m. Haughton is matched against Oak Grove at 11 a.m. and Quitman at 3 p.m.