CROWDER — Some teams might collapse after blowing an eight-run lead.
The Quinton Lady Savages just kept on hitting.
The Lady Savages scored four two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth, powering them to 14-10 win against the Keota Lady Lions in Friday’s district championship in Crowder.
Quinton won its first slowpitch district title in school history and advanced to Regionals. The Lady Savages last won a fastpitch district title in 2012.
“It shows how much heart they have,” Quinton coach Tara Satterfield said.
“They never stop; they never quit. They were just relentless and just kept on and on and on and kept attacking.”
Though Ashley Thomas led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, Keota pitcher Cassie Drummonds retired the next two Lady Savages on a foul out to third and a popup back to the pitcher. But Casey Brennan, the Lady Savages’ last hitter in their lineup, kept the inning alive with a single to left, then Macey McKee did the same.
Keota left fielder Journey Shepherd misplayed McKee’s hit, allowing Thomas to score from second. The Lady Lions intentionally walked Kelsey Crawford to load the bases, then Erin Bruner knocked one into center field for a two-run single and a 13-10 Quinton lead.
Bruner also batted in a run during a five-run bottom of the first. She finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
“I usually like to swing at the high ones, but I was attempting not to,” Bruner said. “I was trying to wait for a good one, and I got some pretty good hits out of it.”
Taylor Myers singled to left to drive in Crawford for a 14-10 lead. Quinton pitcher Shelby Brennan, who’d pitched both of Quinton’s round-robin district games, gave up a two-out double to Traci Lee in the top of the seventh, but Shelby got KK Stricklin to pop out to second to end the game.