The story of Savanna pitching ace Bryn Houlton hasn’t yet ended. But however the final text will read, it will certainly contain this line:
Houlton never lost a Pitt 8 Tournament championship.
Houlton gave up no runs and just two hits in five innings, striking out seven and leading the Lady Bulldogs to an 8-0 run-rule win against the Stuart Lady Hornets in Thursday’s championship at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester. Savanna won the Pitt 8 fastpitch softball tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
“She’s just throwing well,” Savanna coach Angie Wilson said of Houlton, who’s still recovering from a torn medial collateral ligament she suffered in May.
“She’s been in a brace for eight weeks, so I thought she might not, but she’s throwing well. She’s probably not throwing as hard as she was at the end of last year, but she’s close.”
The Lady Hornets’ only real scoring chance came in the top of the second, which began with Emilee Beck reaching on an error. Jessie Jones singled up the middle, moving Beck to second, but Kayla Smith popped a pitch high into the air above home plate.
Savanna catcher Jordin Wilson couldn’t catch the ball, but the infield fly rule went into effect for an automatic out. Both runners tried to move up a bag after the ball hit the dirt, but Wilson threw out Jones at second base to complete an unusual double play.
“As soon we saw the ball hit the ground and bounce off the catcher’s shin-guard, both of us yelled ‘go,’” Stuart coach Chance Chapman said. “I thought it was going to run back here to the on-deck circle."
Despite having to deal with a runner at third, the suddenly two outs might’ve taken some pressure off Houlton. She got Megan Jernigen to fly out to center to end the inning, then retired nine of the final 10 batters she faced.