Rowton's two-run double keys Sterlington comeback

Marq Mitcham -- Madigan Stevens allowed one run in six innings of relief as Sterlington defeated Oak Grove 4-3 Thursday.

OAK GROVE — Gracie Rowton's two-out, two-run double completed a four-run sixth as Sterlington tripped Oak Grove 4-3 Thursday afternoon.

Rowton's double was only the second hit of the pivotal sixth for the Lady Panthers, who entered the inning down 3-0.

Emarie Adams led off with a base hit and moved to second on Hannah Jerkins' sacrifice bunt. Madigan Stevens then drew a walk and Carly Wilson reached on an error to bring the Lady Panthers within 3-1.

Sterlington scored its final three runs with two outs. Katie Haynes was safe on an error, setting the stage for Rowton's game-winning double to deep center field.

Stevens had retired nine in a row before plunking Madison Caston with an 0-1 offering with two outs in the seventh. Four pitches later, the junior right-hander recorded the game-ending punchout.

Capitalizing on a walk and three of the Lady Panthers' six errors, Oak Grove went up 2-0 in the first.

Inheriting a bases-loaded, no-out situation, Stevens got Sterlington out of the second unscathed with two strikeouts and a fly out to right fielder Chesnie Daigle.

Oak Grove padded its lead to 3-0 in the third.

Lila Presley and Madison Caston put together back-to-back singles with one down. Presley scored one out later when Ramsey Bradford singled and continued to second on an error.

Sterlington (13-8) managed only two runners past second base through five innings before getting untracked in the sixth.

Stevens allowed one run on four hits in six innings of stellar relief to log the win. She struck out six and walked two.

Crow struck out six, walked three and yielded seven hits while going the distance for the Lady Tigers.

Rowton was the Lady Panthers' catalyst with a pair of doubles. Adams went 2-for-4 and Kaela Mullins, Carly Wilson and Daigle singled.

Bradford was responsible for the bulk of Oak Grove's offense as she went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles. Presley and Caston provided base hits for the Lady Tigers (11-6), whose five-game winning streak came to an end.