Anacoco scored five runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a tight game and get past Stanley 9-2 in the LHSAA Class B quarterfinal contest at Frasch Park.
The loss ended the season of the second-seeded Lady Panthers (19-12), who used injured senior Lane Cloud as an inspiration. Anacoco (17-10), the defending state champs, advances to a second-round contest on Saturday at 11 a.m. against the Monterey/Grand Lake winner.
Stanley fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and wasn’t able to get untracked offensively until the third inning. Alyssa Welborn walked to open the frame and Emily Welborn reached on an error. Amber Smith’s single plated both runners to tie the game at 2-2.
The Lady Panthers struggled in the fourth and fifth innings against winning pitcher Marci West, who led the Lady Indians to the 2012 title. She struck out 8, walked six, but allowed just two hits.
Eighth grader Kiley Cloud took the loss, although she was relieved by Kaitlyn Welborn. Debra Dick had the only other hit for Stanley.
Florien 13, Converse 0: Florien’s Kaitlin Davis hit a walk-off grand slam in the fifth inning to send the top-seeded Lady Blackcats to the easy opening round win. Florien scored four runs in the fourth and fie in the fifth to end the game quickly.
Caitlyn Corley was 2-for-2 with a triple and four runs scored for Florien, while Abbey McMillian was 3-for-3. Mallory Mitchell picked up the only Converse hit off McMillian.
Grace Christian 3, Zwolle 2: Tori Edwards, Madeline Briggs and Hailey Teal had two hits apiece for the Lady Warriors (17-6). Converse pitcher Marissa Steele took the loss, but collected one of just 4 hits for her club. Emerald Terrell was 2-for-3 for the Lady Hawks (14-10).