Sam Houston's Carleigh Chaumont, left, and Taylor Edwards celebrate after the Broncos scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning against Sulphur Thursday in Moss Bluff. (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, March 28, 2014 11:58 AMMOSS BLUFF — The Sam Houston Lady Broncos avenged their lone District 3-5A loss Thursday by pulling out a 2-1 win over Sulphur.
Sophomore pitcher Tanner Wright was responsible for driving in both of Sam Houston’s runs while holding the Tors to four hits. Sulphur’s lone run didn’t come until there were two outs in the top of the final inning.
“Tanner pitched a lot better today than the first game (against Sulphur), she was more ready today,” said Sam Houston coach Beth Domingue. “She has also improved a lot at the plate.”
The win tied the Broncos (11-5, 7-1) with the Tors (14-3, 7-1) atop the district standings after winning their seventh consecutive district game. Domingue said the standings don’t matter. She was just glad her team got the win.
“Today’s game was worth just as much as a game we play on the weekend — it’s either a win or a loss in the power rankings,” Domingue said.
For Sulphur, which sat alone atop the standings prior to the game, its toughest game is now out of the way and it can begin to make a run at the championship.
“Our philosophy all along has been to take it one game at a time,” said Sulphur head coach Julie Mancuso. “When you finish the first half without a loss everyone will be gunning for you and play you a little different this time around.”
The first two innings were quiet with each pitcher allowing one hit. The Broncos struck in the bottom of the third inning, putting the winning run on the board.
The inning began with two quick outs, but senior shortstop Carleigh Chaumont broke the streak with a single to right field. Sulphur pitcher Devyn Knippers walked Sam Houston’s Taylor Edwards before Wright drove the ball into left-center to drive home both runners.
“I’m glad Tanner didn’t try to pull it,” Domingue said. “She just put it up the middle. I was telling her to keep it simple because their outfielders were playing really deep.”
Sam Houston looked to add insurance runs in the fifth inning when Abby Jolie led off with a double. But the Broncos couldn’t capitalize and fell victim to a double play on the next pitch.
Things looked bleak for Sulphur in the top of the seventh inning. The Tors started with a pair of infield pop-ups that resulted in two quick outs. But senior Becca Brooks singled up the middle. She was driven home three pitches later by Colben Patin, who hit a long double that was just shy of clearing the fence, making it 2-1.
Unfortunately for the Tors, however, things came to an end as Knippers grounded out to Wright to end the game.
“We just didn’t hit like we should have,” Mancuso said. “It was a good game and we never gave up. That is good to see.”