It didn’t come easy. Kossuth scored six runs in its final chance, thanks in large part to a grand slam by Kristen Devers. In the eighth inning, Booneville eighth-grade pitcher Maria Lauderdale plated the winning run with a sac fly.
Cora Geno singled to open the inning and scored the winning run.
“It didn’t shock me at all for her to come up with a big hit like that,” said Booneville coach Tommy Fraiser. “We’re excited about being in the playoffs.”
Kossuth (12-9, 3-2 1-3A) had nine errors and allowed 10 unearned runs. Kossuth and Alcorn Central will play for the final playoff berth.
The teams combined for six home runs, four by Kossuth, which has now hit 58. It was Bre Agnew’s two-run shot in Booneville’s five-run second that gave the Lady Devils a 5-0 lead. Geno had a two-run double and one scored on Courtney Deaton’s single and error.
Booneville (12-9, 4-2) made it 8-0 on Kayla Moore’s single, Lauderdale’s sac fly, Chloe Eubank’s RBI single and when A.C. Ivy reached.
Geno added a solo shot in the sixth and Booneville scored three in the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, Paden Tomlin walked with the bases loaded and Devers got her team within a run. After a pair of walks, Brittany Brooks flew out but the relay throw to third went to the Kossuth dugout and courtesy runner Elizabeth Peters scored the tying run.
Kossuth got its first six runs on a two-run home run from Jordan Dickson, a solo shot from Stewart and a three-run bomb from Brooks.
Both sport young squads, Booneville with only two seniors in Agnew and Deaton and one junior in Annabeth Ford.
“It’s the same story we’ve had all year, too many errors,” Kossuth coach Steve Lyles said. “We’re averaging about 11 a game and it’s hard to overcome that.”
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