Tors almost let one slip away, outlast Bucs in extra innings

Published 8:00 am Friday, March 17, 2023

Sulphur squandered a fast start but finished strong in a 9-6, extra-inning win over host Barbe Thursday in a District 3-5A softball game.

The Tors (10-5, 1-1) produced two big innings, scoring four runs in the top of the first and three in the top of the eighth to escape with the win.

Barbe (7-15, 0-3) forced the extra inning by scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the score at 6-6.

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Caydance Carrier led off the eighth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Keely LaBove and on to third on a Gracie Higginbotham single. Payton Prince hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Carrier with the go-ahead run. Pressy White singled to score Higginbotham. She scored when Emma Thomson escaped a rundown between first and second after hitting a single.

Barbe threatened in the bottom of the inning, getting two on with no outs on a single by Makayla Scott and fielding error, but Carrier escaped the jam with a strikeout and two grounders.

Carrier allowed one run in four innings of relief to earn the win.

The win was the fourth in five games for the Tors.

Head coach Brooke David said her team shows winning intangibles.

“We’re competitive,” she said. “We’ve been teaching them about competitiveness, never giving up. We knew (Barbe) was never going to lay down. We have been hitting the ball hard and competing over the past few weeks, never giving up. The kids are a lot of fun and you can tell they are buying into what we are saying. We are starting to see results.”

White led the Tors with four hits and four runs batted in. Carrier added three hits. Kennedy Dougherty had two hits and drove in a run. Thomson hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

Barbe rallied from the early four-run deficit to take a 5-4 lead with a three-run fourth inning highlighted by a two-run single by Morgan David and a run-scoring single by Baleigh Scott, both with two outs. Scott also had a two-run home run in the first inning. Ava Jessup had two hits for the Bucs.