WELCH - Welch slow pitch softball coach John Leppla knew what type damage Jay's Sam Robertson could do at the plate since he coached her for three seasons.
The senior first baseman ripped a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, helping the Lady Bulldogs claim an 8-6 victory over Welch Tuesday in the finals of the Welch Tournament.
“We just made a mistake to her,” Leppla said of Robinson's homer, which came off Jordan Amos. “We got her to reach the first couple of times. On the last hit, she hurt us.
“We knew it was gone as soon as she hit it.”
The Lady Wildcats had beaten the Muskogee JV in the semifinals.
In pool play Monday, Welch beat Ketchum 6-2 and the Muskogee JV 4-3 but lost to Jay 10-0.
Jay also went 2-1 in pool play, beating the Muskogee JV 9-0 while losing to Ketchum 4-3.
The Muskogee JV's only pool win was a 15-2 decision over Ketchum.
Jay topped Ketchum in the other semifinal.
The Lady Bulldogs carried a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, when Welch rallied for six runs.
Amos and Kristen Marlow had RBI singles for Welch, which also picked up runs when Ashley Marlow and Erin Snedden hit into fielders' choice plays.
The Lady Wildcats' first run came in the second inning on a double by Snedden.
Kirsten Leppla, Kalleigh Chrz, Amos, Hankins, Kristen Marlow, Snedden, Demi Cavazos and Mariah Armstrong had hits for Welch.
Amos walked four and struck out none while yielding 11 hits.
The Lady Wildcats (4-3) begin play in the Liberty slow-pitch festival today, facing Mounds at 11:15 a.m., Kiefer at 12:30 p.m. and Liberty at 4:15 p.m.