JONESBORO — It wasn't even close.
JONESBORO — It wasn't even close.
Seventh-grader Emily Collins tossed a 2-hitter, while Tajah Bennett collected a trio of hits as the ninth-seeded Simpson Lady Broncos knocked off No. 8 Saline on Thursday in the Class C playoffs, 13-0.
With the victory, the Lady Broncos (14-12) advanced to the state tournament for the first time in several years. They will take on Plainview at 5 p.m. Thursday at Sulphur's Frasch Park.
The Lady Broncos wasted little time getting on the board by pushing a run across in the top of the first inning, claiming the early lead.
For the remainder of the game, the Lady Broncos pounded out hit after hit and scored three runs in each of the last four innings. The contest ended due to the mercy rule after five innings of play.
Collins surrendered no runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and no walks. She also collected a 2-run double in the win.
Bennett scored three runs as she was 3-for-4 at the plate for the Lady Broncos.
No. 9 Pitkin......5
No. 8 Glenmora....3
GLENMORA — Pitkin senior Chloe Paul drove in the go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh inning, while Sadie Cooley closed the door as the ninth-seeded Lady Tigers knocked off homestanding and No. 8 Glenmora in the second round of the Class B playoffs on Thursday afternoon, 5-3.
With the win, the Lady Tigers improved to 17-9 overall, advancing to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state softball tournament at Frasch Park on Thursday. Pitkin will take to the field against No. 1 Holden, which beat Monterey, 9-5.
First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats took the initial lead of the game, scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning, only to see the Lady Tigers respond with a 2-run homer off the bat of Holley Ash in the top of the third inning.
Pitkin held the lead until the bottom of the fifth as Glenmora was able to push two runs across to take the advantage, 3-2.
After a quiet sixth, the Lady Tigers managed to push three across in the top of the seventh, regaining the lead, 5-3. Cooley shut down the Lady Wildcats in the bottom of the half to secure the victory for Pitkin.
Ainsleigh Gautreaux, who gave up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts in five innings of work, went 3-for-4 with a triple for the Lady Tigers, while Cooley earned the win, pitching the final two innings, giving up no runs on one hit.
Cooley also had two hits, including a triple, while Haylee Ash added a hit and an RBI.
No. 1 North DeSoto...1
No. 17 Leesville.....0
STONEWALL — The North DeSoto Lady Griffins pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth, while standout pitcher E.C. Delafield fired a shutout as the top-ranked team in the Class 4A bracket held off a stiff challenge from the No. 17 Leesville Lady Cats on Thursday, 1-0.
With the win, the Lady Griffins return to Sulphur to attempt to defend their state championship. The Lady Cats closed out the season with an overall record of 14-16.
Zakayla Collins had a pair of doubles in the contest, while Lauren Kreyenbuhl added a hit as freshman Bella Houck was nearly able to match Delafield pitch for pitch, surrendering only one run in six innings of work.
No. 7 Calvin....3
No. 10 Evans....0
CALVIN — The 10th-ranked Evans Lady Eagles managed only two hits as they fell to the No. 7 Calvin Lady Cougars in the Class C playoffs, 3-0.
The Lady Eagles got one hit each from Jewel Sharbeno and Faith Cryer, but that was all Evans could do against the off-speed pitching of the Lady Cougars.
Sharbeno suffered the loss, giving up just a few hits.