LFO Warriors

The LFO Lady Warriors are now just two wins away from claiming a region championship.

On Saturday at Chip Liner Field, the Red-and-White got past Bremen, 1-0 and 5-4, to sweep their 6-AAA semifinal series. LFO (20-10) will host Calhoun in the best-of-three championship series, which will begin with a doubleheader on Wednesday.

Both teams had plenty of chances to score in Game 1, but nothing looked more like a sure thing than the Lady Devils' chance in the top of the seventh.

Bremen used a one-out single and a walk to get things going, but LFO starter Kourtney Morrison would punch out Ali Newland on a check swing for out two. However, Shelby Daniel lined a shot back up the middle that caught an exposed piece of Morrison's wrist on her glove hand and scampered to first to load the bases.

After getting her wrist looked at by the trainers, Morrison stayed in the game, but Kristen Green would send a fly ball toward the rightfield line that looked destined for at least one base and possibly two or more runs.

But LFO's speedy rightfielder Jerriane Jackson was on her horse as she sprinted toward the foul line and dove fully extended to catch the ball at the last possible moment, ending the inning and preserving the scoreless tie.

Then in the bottom of the seventh Taylor Phillips drew a one-out walk to bring up Morrison in the clean-up spot of the order. The senior showed no effects from the hit to the wrist as she rifled a double to centerfield that caromed off the top of the fence.

Phillips never stopped running and scored without a throw as Bremen bobbled the relay throw from the outfield, giving LFO the dramatic win.

Morrison got the win, allowing five hits and three walks with three strikeouts. She also had three of the Lady Warriors' eight hits. Lyndsey Teague had two hits, while Phillips, Shaniyah Jones and Keelie Mauk added one each.

In Game 2, LFO - playing as the visiting team - scored three times in the top of the second to grab a 4-1 lead. They scored once more in the top of the seventh to make it a 5-2 game and were able to hold on after Bremen plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Phillips was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs. Morrison and Mauk each had two hits and an RBI, while Jones and Haley Stahl joined Morrison and Mauk with doubles.

Morrison allowed four earned runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

With the series win, LFO has already assured itself of playing the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs at home when the tournament starts on Oct. 11.