Jordan Pharr scattered eight hits, and Breann Gipson hit a three-run homer to key a six-run second-inning rally as No. 6 Stonewall upset No. 2 Binger-Oney, 8-2, in Thursday’s championship game at the Class 2A Regional Tournament at Davenport.
Although the victory in the title game sent the Lady Longhorns to the slowpitch state tournament for the second straight year and to the state tournament in softball in the winner’s bracket for the first time in Christie Jennings’ eight years as head coach, Stonewall’s second game of the day was an anticlimax to the thrilling comeback they staged in their opener.
Down 10-6 heading to the bottom of the seventh against host Davenport in the first round, the Lady Longhorns scored five times in their final at-bat, with Allie Denson — whose two-run double gave them the victory over Stuart in their district championship game — delivering a walkoff double to drive in the tying and winning runs.
No. 3 Roff also had some anxious moments in the opener of the 2A Regional at Roff before beating Turner, 3-2, but the Lady Tigers came back to run-rule Keota, 15-0, to claim the regional title.
CLASS 2A REGIONAL
Stonewall 8, Binger-Oney 2
Lyndsay Daffern gave the Lady Longhorns the lead for good with a two-run single in the top of the first inning, and Stonewall (25-11) answered a Binger run in the bottom of that inning with their game-clinching rally in the top of the second featuring Gipson’s three-run blast.
Pharr surrendered another run in the third, then shut out Binger over the final four innings to seal the win.
Denson doubled twice and drove in a run, and Gipson, Kim Helms and Bradianne Daniel also had two hits apiece for the Lady Longhorns, who outhit Binger, 12-8.
“Today was exciting for us,” said Jennings, who also coached the Stonewall basketball team to the state tournament in the winner’s bracket this spring for the first time in school history. “We really battled hard in that first game and found a way to come out on top, then we played really well in the second game.
“It’s been a really great year to be a Lady Longhorn,” she added. “We went to the basketball state tournament in the winner’s bracket and we had never done that before, and this is the first time we’ve gone to the softball state tournament on the winner’s side since I’ve been here.”
Stonewall outhit Davenport, 16-10, but needed a two-run double from Lyndsay Daffern and an RBI single from Haley Snell in addition to Denson’s game-winning double to overcome the seventh-inning deficit.
Daffern and Cheyanne Miller had two hits and three RBIs apiece for the Lady Longhorns, who also got two hits from Helms, Denson and Haley Snell in the win.
CLASS 2A REGIONAL
Roff 15, Keota 0
Kayla Hood allowed seven hits but no runs over four innings, and Roff (26-10) put the game away with a 10-run fourth-inning outburst. With the loss by Binger-Oney, Roff will advance to next week’s state tournament as the No. 2 seed.
J.J. Stewart homered and drove in three runs, and Jordan Grinstead, Monica Miller and Kelsey Anderson added two hits apiece for the Lady Tigers in the win.
“We had a rocky first game, but good defense pulled us through,” Roff coach Kathy Gregson said after wrapping up her seventh slowpitch state tournament appearance in nine years at the school. “The second game we played like we’re capable of. It’s great to be headed back to state.”
Roff 3, Turner 2
The Lady Tigers scored single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, then held on as Turner rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh.
Hood allowed just four hits for the Lady Tigers, who got two hits and an RBI from Taylor McCoy, two hits from Magan Kile and an RBI single from Lauren Trimmer in the victory.