Jena upsets Lady Dogs; Lady Warriors cruise past Plainview

Iota’s Abigail Leonards rounds first base after an RBI single Friday during the Lady Dogs’ 7-1 Class 3A regional loss to Jena. (Photo by D. Sexton)

IOTA – For six innings, the Iota Lady Bulldogs were right there in it during their Class 3A regional contest against the Jena Lady Giants.
But a few miscues here and there in the final frame allowed the Lady Giants to break the game wide open and walk away with a 7-1 victory.
Iota finished the season with an impressive record of 23-5.
“We always say it comes down to the little things and it was the little things that got us today,” said Iota coach Leah Andrus, whose team committed three errors in the seventh inning that led to six unearned runs. “We just didn’t look like ourselves today. We didn’t play Lady Dogs softball today - I mean, we battled, but we just had that one inning where we may have been a little bit unfocused and they took advantage of it.”
Jena took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Emilee Howard reached base on an error and scored two batters later on a double by Kendi Malcomb.
Iota answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single from Abigail Leonards to tie the game.
Jena posted six runs in the seventh on five hits and three errors.
Jena pitcher Darian Thaker helped her own cause with a two-run single in the frame.
In the circle, Thaker limited Iota to just two hits, one by Leonards and the other by Katelyn Stephens. She walked four and she struck out nine in earning the victory.
“This was a tough loss, but you can’t be upset with the season we had,” said Andrus. “Ultimately, your goal is to get to the state tournament, but how many teams go 23-5? A lot of teams strive to accomplish that and don’t.
“I just told the girls to remember how this (loss) feels and get better for next year.”
Lady Warriors upset
No. 6 seed Plainview

PLAINVIEW – Sydni Guidry went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs to help lead Northside Christian’s Lady Warriors to an 8-2 victory over Plainview Friday in a Class C regional contest.
The Lady Warriors (12-10) will now take on No. 3 Calvin Friday at noon on Field 19 at Frasch Park in Sulphur in a quarterfinal contest.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the third inning, Leah Monte brought home the go-ahead run on a sacrifice bunt. One batter late, Guidry delivered a three-run home run to right field to extend the cushion to 5-1.
Madisyn Clement added an RBI triple and Guidry drove home a run with a single in the fourth inning before Zoie Hanagriff had an RBI single in the final frame.
The Lady Warriors banged out 15 hits on the evening.
Zera Hanagriff followed Guidry with three singles while Clement had two hits, including a triple and an RBI. Katelyn Jones added two doubles; Mallary Vincent singled twice; Zoie Hanagriff and Monte each had a single and an RBI and Brooke Stanford had a single.
Clement earned the victory in the circle after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. She struck out six.

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