Lady Bulldogs back in semis

JACKSONVILLE — The hunt for a third straight state championship continued Saturday as White Hall defeated Alma 6-2 in the second round of the 5A state tournament at Dupree Park.

“I think they played well,” White Hall head coach Terri Smith said. “We hit fairly well.”

Lauren Graves pitched a complete game, allowing just one hit with five strikeouts and four walks. Graves was also 2 for 3 at the plate.

Abby Weaver was 2 for 3 including a solo home run in the second. Ciara Linker was also 2 for 3 for the Lady Bulldogs (21-5).

Maddie Martin and Lindsey Williams was also 1 for 3.

White Hall also scored three runs in the first and two in the sixth. Alma scored a run in the second and one in the seventh.

White Hall is scheduled to play the winner of Sylvan Hills/Greene County Tech in Monday’s semifinal game at 2:30 p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals after easily defeating Little Rock Christian 17-0 in three innings on Friday. Smith said she was not worried about a hangover.

“Basically what we told our girls, that game was over,” Smith said. “We have to take it one game at a time from here on out.

“We can’t focus ahead of the task or what happened. We just need to be focused on the now.”