Houston’s district title defense began with a convincing victory.
Freshman Tommi Franklin homered and had three hits to lead the Lady Tigers’ 11-1 five-inning victory Wednesday evening against Plato in the opening round of the Class 2 District 10 tournament.
The Lady Tigers (11-9) will face No. 2 Gainesville at 6:30 p.m. today in the semifinals on Carter Field. Fourth-seeded Mountain Grove, which beat Liberty 17-2 in four innings, will play top-seeded Willow Springs at 4:30 p.m. in the other semifinal.
Tommi Franklin was 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and two runs in her first postseason appearance. Lizzy Swindell drove in three runs, and Autumn Walker was 2-for-3 with a two-run double.
Ahead 3-0, HHS broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Tommi Franklin started the rally with a two-run shot over the left-center field fence. Walker doubled home two runs with two outs and after Taylor Franklin walked, Swindell doubled to bring home two more runs.
Emily Harrison had a RBI groundout in the fourth, and Kaylea Preheim ended the game with a two-out run-scoring double in the fifth.
Harrison allowed just one hit – a second-inning single by Hunter Steinbach – in the complete-game victory. She struck out five and walked two. Plato’s lone run was unearned.
Hannah Breedlove gave up 11 hits and six earned runs for the Lady Eagles (4-17). She walked two and struck out two.
MOUNTAIN GROVE 17, LIBERTY 2: Mountain Grove freshman Bridget Sons homered and Paige Lutes had four RBIs as the Lady Panthers advanced with a four-inning victory against Liberty.
The Lady Panthers (8-11) busted the game open with eight runs in the bottom of the second inning. Sons had a RBI single, and Lutes followed with a two-run double in the rally. Avery Lee also had a run-scoring single.
Austyn Shannon allowed three hits and two earned runs in the complete-game victory. She struck out one and walked two.
Jessica Mantel, Bethanie Daniels and Hanna Vines each singled for Liberty (5-18).
Plato 000 01 – 1 1 5
Houston 216 11 – 11 11 2
PLATO (ab-r-h-bi) – Breedlove p 3-0-0-0. Shrum ss 1-0-0-0. Fletcher 3b 2-0-0-0. Lear c 2-0-0-0. Steinbach 1b 2-0-1-0. Foster lf 2-1-0-0. Emery cf 1-0-0-0. Steinbrink rf 2-0-0-0. Owen 2b 2-0-0-0. Totals 17-1-1-0.
HOUSTON (ab-r-h-bi) – Walker 2b 3-2-2-2. TaFranklin ss 3-2-1-0. Swindell 1b 4-1-1-3. Preheim 3b 4-1-1-1. ToFranklin lf 3-2-3-2. Knarr c 3-0-1-0. Harrison p 3-0-1-1. Crewse cr 0-1-0-0. Dodson cf 3-1-0-0. Sears rf 3-1-1-0. Totals 29-11-10-9.
2B: Walker, Swindell, Preheim, Knarr. HR: ToFranklin. SB: ToFranklin 3, Crewse 2, Preheim, Dodson.
PLATO IP H R ER BB SO
Breedlove, L 4.2 11 11 6 2 2
HOUSTON IP H R ER BB SO
Harrison, W 5 1 1 0 2 5
Mtn. Grove 17, Liberty 2 (4 inn.)
Houston 11, Plato 1 (5 inn.)
(1) Willow Springs vs. (4) Mtn. Grove, 4:30 p.m.
(2) Gainesville vs. (3) Houston, 6:30 p.m.
Championship, 5 p.m.
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