STUART — Lexie Tom hit a grand slam, and even that wasn’t enough to save the Hartshorne Lady Miners.
The Konawa Lady Tigers overcame a six-run Hartshorne lead, eventually run-ruling the Lady Miners 14-6 in Thursday’s district championship in Stuart.
“Four runs in a slowpitch game is nothing,” Konawa coach Doug Isaacs said.
“This team, one thing about it, for years has battled through adversity, especially in the playoffs. They just don’t shake.”
Hartshorne’s young outfielders couldn’t consistently field grounders during Friday’s game. The Lady Miners committed four outfield errors, and the aggressive Lady Tigers rarely hesitated to try for extra bases and runs on any ball hit out of the infield.
One such error allowed Renee Rutherford to score from second in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 6-4. Another such error allowed Danielle Khoury to score from second in the bottom of the fifth, kick-starting a five-run inning that permanently swung momentum Konawa’s way.
“There are three freshmen out there, and those were the ones making those kinds of mistakes,” Hartshorne coach Jim Bert Curliss said. “Not realizing that you don’t have to make a great play on the base hit. Just keep them at first, and we’re trying to come in, field it like we’re trying to throw someone out, and it’s skipping by us.”
Mahaley Larney drove in a run with a sacrifice fly later in the fifth, Cheasa Koon doubled to drive in another run, then two more scored on Shelby Campbell’s single to center for a 9-6 Konawa lead. Campbell also singled in both the second and fourth — both run-scoring innings for Konawa — finishing the game 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and a run scored.
“We had to pick each other up and just get our heads back in the game,” Campbell said.