Lady Bears turned back in clutch

MARKED TREE — Junction City induced a groundout to second base to strand two Woodlawn runners in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the Lady Dragons completed a baseball-softball double victory by taking a 4-3 come-from-behind win Monday in the 2A state softball semifinals.

Both the baseball and softball teams from Junction City beat Woodlawn to punch their tickets to this weekend’s championship games at the University of Arkansas.

“We came together as a team and worked really hard,” Woodlawn coach Chad Hutson said. “The girls came to practice ready to work, and it showed.”

The Lady Bears (26-7) had beaten the Lady Dragons in all three previous meetings this season. Woodlawn was the second seed from the South Region, with Junction City the third seed.

Woodlawn led 3-1 through four innings. But the Lady Dragons responded with two runs in the fifth and the go-ahead score in the seventh.

The two Lady Bears runners stranded in the seventh were the 12th and 13th the team left on in the game.

Laynie Nelson and Lily Henderson both went 2 for 3 to lead the Lady Bears. Nelson and Megan Howard each drove in a run, and Henderson hit a double.

Addison Adair went 2 for 4, while Madisyn Stewart and Drew Stitt each pounded a hit.