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RUSH SPRINGS -- Alex left the tying and winning runs in scoring position in the last inning, and Bray-Doyle escaped with a 3-2 win here Thursday at McAdoo Field in the opening round of district playoffs.

Down 3-0 with just hits to its credit, Alex awoke in the seventh frame, sending seven ladies to the plate before Bray-Doyle squelched the rally.

Morgan Ledford slapped a single to ignite the rally, and Summer Fagan followed with a walk. Courtney Alcorn then plated Ledford with an RBI-single. That produced the Lady Longhorns' first run, but it wouldn't be their last.

Paige Dunn and Kristen William struck out, but Courtney Dean spanked an RBI double to score Fagan. Bray-Doyle catcher Shayla Bingham actually caught a throw from the outfield and tagged Fagan, but the umpire said Bingham made the play too far up the third baseline. He called catcher interference and ruled Fagan safe.

That left Alcorn and Dean on base with two outs and the score 3-2. Each moved up a base when a Bray-Doyle pickoff attempt went unsuccessful, but Beth Woods, the Lady Longhorns' nine-hole hitter, struck out swinging to end the game.

Bray-Doyle broke the ice in the second inning when Kendra Balthrop reached on an error, went uncontested to second, and later scored on a passed ball.

Alex threatened in the fifth inning, when Fagan led off with a single and moved to second on a fielder's choice. She was thrown out trying to steal third with one out. Paige Dunn struck out and William singled. The inning ended when Courtney Dean struck out with two on base.

Witcher took the loss after allowing four hits and one walk. She also hit one batter.

Sarah Justus earned the win, striking out 14 and allowing five hits.

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