The Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs made school history on Thursday, May 20.
The Lady Dogs were the first softball team to make it to the state championship game in school history.
Tuckerman entered the contest with a record of 28-4, and would get off to a great start by putting up the first run in the bottom of the first inning when Gracie Smith would hit a triple to score Kenzie Soden.
Mansfield would answer in the top of the second inning by driving in two runs, and would carry the 2-1 lead into the fifth inning where they would add to their lead with a solo home run to increase their lead 3-1.
The Lady Bulldogs have battled all season and this game would be no different. The Lady Dogs never put their heads down or got discouraged. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Tuckerman would put together a run. Gracie Smith singled on an error. Audrey Altom then came up to the plate and advanced Gracie Smith with a sacrifice hit. MaKaylie Gist then stepped up to the plate and helped advance Gracie Smith to third after a passed ball. Gist would then walk and Julie Glasgow would enter as the courtesy runner for Gist. Julie Glasgow would go for the steal while Reagan Washam was at the plate. The steal resulted in an overthrow to second base that would send Gracie Smith in to score and put the Lady Dogs down 3-2.
Excellent base running by Glasgow would leave her on third base with Lizzy Walker stepping to the plate with two outs. Walker would get down to a 1-2 count and hit a hard line drive through the pitcher’s legs scoring Glasgow to tie the game 3-3.
Tuckerman then entered the seventh inning, bringing in Sophomore Kenzie Soden to close out the game. Soden would go the inning striking out one in the three-up-three-down inning.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the bottom of the seventh inning with Ansley Dawson up to bat. Dawson singled on an error by the shortstop and would then steal on a passed ball with Shanley Williams up to bat. Williams would pop up a foul ball that would be the first out for the Lady Dogs but Dawson’s excellent base running would land her on third base with Kenzie Soden stepping to the plate.
Soden would have a 2-1 count before hitting a single to left field to score Ansley Dawson in the walk off (4-3) win over Mansfield to become the Arkansas 2A State Champions. MaKaylie Gist was huge on the mound for the Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs going six innings, allowing six hits, three runs, striking out six, and walking one.