By Autumn McCoy
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the competition Thursday night at their tournament. And they kept it up all through Friday in the Lady Bulldog Invitational Softball Tournament.
Ringgold was unable to score against the home team in the first inning. After the Bulldogs got three outs on defense after only 4 batters. Gracie Baker # 9 and Sarah Cormier #18 started offense off with back-to-back in the park homeruns, and both slid across home plate to score for Red River in the first two bats of the bottom of the first inning. Gracie Lindsey #12 at 1st had all three outs at the top of the second keeping Ringgold from scoring again. The Lady Bulldogs continued on to dominate their first game in the Red River Tournament in only three innings with a score of 15-0.
The Lakeview Gators came ready to beat the home team Friday night, scoring 5 runs pretty quick in the top of the first inning. When the Lady Bulldogs took the field, they would not be stopped before they scored 15 runs. The Gators were able to add 3 more to the scoreboard in the 2nd and keep the Bulldogs from scoring at all. Red River returned the favor when they took the field in the 3rd, sending the Gators to the dugout with no runs. Not to be outdone, the Gators kept up the defensive battle, sending the Bulldogs to the dugout scoreless, for a second inning straight. After striking 2 Gators out, pitcher Bryn Danzy #4 stops a line drive and throws to Shelby Pickett #5 at 3rd base for the 3rd out, keeping the Gators to three up, three down again. The Red River Lady Bulldogs beat Lakeview Lady Gators 15-8.
Saturday morning, the Lady Bulldogs stepped on the field to battle the Pleasant Hill Lady Eagles. After both teams scoring three in the first inning, the stage was set for a close game, and that’s just what it was. Danzy took the mound for the sixth time this week. The Bulldogs were plagued by errors throughout the game. Red River trailed 12-14 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Danzy hit a double on a 2-2 count allowing three Bulldogs to score. Her walk off was the deciding factor of the game. Red River won 15-14 in a nail biter of a game.
In their afternoon game against Mansfield, the Lady Bulldogs started off with an early 4 run lead. They only allowed one run in the second inning. Harlie Pickett #21 was able to catch her second out in right field for the weekend. Mansfield was able to score two runs in the top of the third, but they would never catch the lead. The Lady Bulldogs finished the weekend with an 11-6 victory over Mansfield. Red River Lady Bulldogs finished the weekend undefeated in their tournament!
The Lady Bulldogs taking part in the tournament were Gracie Lindsey #12, Bryn Danzy #4, Gracie Baker #9, Paris Pennington #8, Shelby Pickett #5, Tess Zegel #17, Niasia Latson #13, Destiney Davis #15, Sarah Cormier #18, Harlie Pickett #21, Harley Sepulvado #11, and Addison Bounds #6. The Lady Bulldogs are coached by Head Coach Zachary Thrasher, Coach Ginger Craig, Cymantha Smelser and ShaKiyah Davis.
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