Cedar Creek 6, Sterlington 5

JONESBORO — Anna Roberson went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as tournament host Cedar Creek staved off Sterlington 6-5 Saturday afternoon to close out the Caroline Menzina Memorial Softball Tournament.

Cedar Creek (17-5) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on its way to ending the Lady Panthers' 16-game winning streak.

Going to work immediately, the Lady Cougars' first five batters reached safely in a three-run first.

Katelin Cooper walked on five pitches to start the game and held at second as Hallie Rambin was safe on a fielding error. Roberson then hammered an RBI double to right-center. Keeping the line moving, Lauren Menzina and Allie Freeman lashed back-to-back RBI singles.

After Menzina retired the Lady Panthers on three consecutive fly balls to the outfield in the home half of the first, the Lady Cougars picked up where they left off in the second.

Cooper lined a one-out base hit to center, and Roberson parked a two-out homer over the center field fence, padding the Lady Cougars lead to 5-0.

Catherine Trichell cleared the center field fence with one out in the Sterlington second, closing the gap to 5-1.

Continuing to chip away, the Lady Panthers added one in the third and one in the fifth.

Carly Wilson was hit by a pitch to start the third, scampered to third on Tanner Wilson's double and touched home on Breanna Sylvestri's sacrifice bunt.

Jada Smith led off the fifth with a base hit to left, moved up a base on Tanner Wilson's sac bunt and sprinted home as Sylvestri reached via error to bring the Lady Panthers within 5-3.

Cooper dropped a one-out bomb over the center field fence with one out in the sixth for what would prove to be the decisive tally.

Sterlington would not go down without a fight.

Trichell led off the home half of the sixth with her second home run to straight-away center field to draw the Lady Panthers within 6-4.

Next up, Carson Lyon singled and took second on a wild pitch.

Two infield pop outs later, Jada Smith reached first on an error to place runners at the corners.

Tanner Wilson, representing the top of the lineup, singled Lyon across as Sterlington closed the deficit to 6-5.

Menzina then got out of the inning with a ground ball to shortstop Freeman.

Allie Furr beat out a one-out bunt single in the Cedar Creek seventh, but was stranded at second.

Menzina walked Trichell with two away in the seventh before Furr gathered in a fly ball to right field for the final out.

Menzina gave up three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking one in the complete game win.

Roberson homered, doubled and singled to pace the Lady Cougars, who out-hit the Lady Panthers 10-7. Cooper homered and singled and Rambin, Menzina, Freeman, Lillian Soto and Furr furnished base hits.

Trichell swatted her fourth and fifth home runs of the campaign, Tanner Wilson doubled and singled, Lyon supplied a pair of singles and Smith contributed a base hit for the Lady Panthers (18-3).

Sylvestri was dealt the loss for the Lady Panthers with Tanner Wilson in relief.

Sterlington has home games looming ahead with Evangel on Monday and Mangham on Tuesday. Starting times are 5 p.m. Monday and 5:30 Tuesday.