The Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets defeated Texarkana 7-6 Friday night to secure the No. 1 seed in the 6A State Tournament with a 13-1 record in the 6A South.
Texarkana took a 5-0 lead in the top of the third. A fielder's choice and a two-run home run gave them a 2-0 lead. After a couple of hits and a walk, Texarkana hit a line drive to right center to score three more and take the early five-run lead.
"It was just one of those deals where they were hitting the ball," coach Eddie Woodall said. "Our pitching wasn't exactly sharp, but they were knocking the fire out of it."
In the bottom of the third, Sheridan trimmed the lead to two runs thanks to a double to right center by Hannah Hicks that scored two runs. Lauren Sweeten hit a RBI single to make the score 5-3.
Woodall said Hicks' double gave Sheridan a spark mentally and insured the team it was not out of the game.
"It was really important for us to come back and answer," Woodall said.
In the fifth, Hicks singled with one out and Sweeten hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 5.
Jordan Jones walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Sara Weatherford doubled to plate Morgan White, who was running for the catcher, and gave Sheridan their first lead of the game.
Freshman Hunter Clark doubled to score Weatherford for the two-run lead.
Texarkana picked up another run in the seventh, but Sheridan withstood the rally to win 7-6.
Sheridan had 11 hits in the game with one strikeout and a walk. Sydney Bonner pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. It was the first time this season she had allowed a walk.
Sweeten was 2-3 with a home run, three RBIs and a stolen base. Weatherford was 2-3 with a RBI, stolen base and two runs scored. Hicks was 2-4 with two runs scored.
Sheridan will play White Hall Monday and will play at noon Saturday in the state tournament in Sherwood. Woodall said they will play the winner of the East No. 4 and the South No.5. Texarkana is predicted to earn the fifth seed out of the south, so Sheridan could play the Lady Razorbacks again.
In the junior varsity game, Sheridan and Texarkana tied at 3-3. Hannah Kilbourn pitched a scoreless inning.