Lady Tigers place second in Buffalo Rock Tournament
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 10, 2002
The Lady Tiger softball team traveled to Southwest Alabama March 3 and 4 to compete in the Buffalo Rock Spring Fling
Tournament and battled their way to a second-place finish.
The Lady Tigers faced some of the best teams in 5A and 6A competition during the weekend.
DHS defeated Enterprise (5-0) and Escambia County (6-0). The Tigers then stumbled against Charles Henderson of Troy for a 8-0 loss.
With their first loss, the Lady Tigers faced Austin of Decatur to claim the right to play Charles Henderson again.
The Tigers rose to the occasion and squeaked out a 1-0 victory to secure the rematch.
The 8 p.m. championship game pitted the undefeated ladies from Troy against the Tigers from Demopolis. Once again, the Lady Tigers rose to the occasion and defeated Troy to force a final game since both teams now had one loss.
With a valiant effort, the ladies from Troy overcame the team from Demopolis in a game that ended well after midnight.
Rhae Randall pitched a two hitter with 10 strikeouts to lead Demopolis to victory.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard in the third with a single from Sommer Ross who promptly advanced around the bases on passed balls. In the fourth inning, Rhae Randall and Emilie McGee reached on errors by Enterprise.
Jo’Lundra Stafford (running for Randall) and Shatoya Brown (running for McGee) both scored on a triple by Erin Carr.
The Lady Tigers wrapped up the scoring with two runs in the sixth inning after a single by Randall and a double from Krusmark.
Escambia County 0
The Lady Tigers wasted little time on Saturday, picking up right where they left off Friday.
In the third inning, Justina Quinney reached on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice by Randall.
Randall later scored on a hit by Carr. The next inning the offense continued to put runs on the board. Bridget Jones and Lakisha Aldridge singled and then scored on a double by Quinney.
Quinney would later score on a passed ball. In the fifth inning, Demopolis would round out the scoring after a single from Ross who would later score.
Quinney pitched a one-hit, nine-strikeout complete game for the Tigers.
Charles Henderson 10
The Lady Trojans sent Demopolis to the loser’s bracket with a quick, decisive victory.
Demopolis’ pitchers gave up two runs in every frame except for the second inning. Randall was the losing pitcher for the Lady Tigers.
Demopolis came back with a vengeance after the loss they had suffered in the third game.
Quinney shut down the hot bats of Austin by only allowing three hits while striking out nine batters.
The lone run of the game came as Quinney led off the game with a double. Becky Pugh moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt and then a single from Randall drove her in to give Demopolis its one run. The Tiger defense was spectacular as the team from Decatur twice had the tying run at third but was unable to push it across the plate.
Charles Henderson 2
Wishing for a rematch, the Lady Tigers got exactly what they wanted.
Having won the trophy in 1999, Charles Henderson seemed to have its eyes on retaining it for another year. However, they would have to defeat Demopolis one more time.
This time, the game began with a slightly different tone. Quinney led off the game with a single and promptly scored on a single from Carr.
In the third inning, the Lady Tigers scored three times to seemingly put the game out of reach. Singles by Quinney, Randall and McGee, combined with Carr reaching on an error, would give the Tigers the needed offense.
The Trojans would score two runs in the sixth inning, but Randall would shut them down to finish with a three-hit, seven-strikeout performance to force a final game.
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With the official start time 10:15, Charles Henderson would score two runs in the first with Demopolis responding with one.
However, the second inning was a different story. Demopolis was unable to secure the third out and Charles Henderson took an 8-1 lead and never looked back.
The Lady Tigers refused to quit and scored two runs in the fifth off singles by Pugh and Carr. It would not be enough to keep the Lady Trojans from retaining their crown. Ross took the loss for Demopolis.