The Magnet Cove Lady Panthers are the defending Class 2A state champions, but they had a hard time picking up the district tournament win against Poyen on Saturday.
After the two teams traded leads in the game, Magnet Cove pulled away for a 13-9 victory at Poyen.
The Lady Indians went up in the first inning 4-0, but Magnet Cove answered back in the bottom half of the inning with five runs of their own.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Panthers added two more runs to take a 7-4 lead and appeared to be pulling away.
The game would stay at 7-4 until the top of the fifth inning when Poyen’s offense came back alive for five more runs to give the Lady Indians a 9-7 lead.
Again, Magnet Cove would answer with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead at 10-9.
After holding the Lady Indians scoreless in the sixth inning, the Lady Panthers added three more runs to their lead heading into the seventh, and final, inning.
For the full story, see the Tuesday, May 6 edition of the Malvern Daily Record.