Buffalo Island Central claimed the 2A-3 District Softball Championship with a thrilling 5-4 victory Tuesday afternoon over host Marked Tree.
The two teams went into the sixth inning tied 4-4 before the Lady Mustangs pushed across the winning run on freshman Cassidy Qualls' RBI groundout.
Senior right-hander Karla Marroquin went the distance to pick up the victory on the mound. Marroquin struck out 12 Lady Indians while giving up only three hits on the day. Marroquin also came up big at the plate, going a perfect 3-3 while adding a pair of RBIs.
Brittany Stockton also drove in a run for BIC.
Hannah Ghant pitched seven strong innings for Marked Tree, but suffered the loss. Ghant fanned seven batters while giving up just five hits.
BIC advanced to the finals Monday afternoon, winning another 5-4 thriller, this time over Rector. Jenna Pike scored the winning run on a passed ball to lift the Lady Mustangs to the win. Pike finished the day 3-3 at the plate while Karla Marroquin picked up the victory on the mound, going seven innings while striking out six Lady Cougars.
The Lady Mustangs saw their season come to a sudden end, losing 6-0 Saturday afternoon to Midland in the first round of the 2A Regional Tournament at Marked Tree.
BIC failed to get a hit on the day while committing four errors. Karla Marroquin took the loss despite striking out 10 batters and giving up just five hits.
"Midland played a great game," said BIC coach Carey Cossey. "We couldn't figure out their pitcher and we played a poor game defensively. But I am very proud of our team. We had a great year, winning the conference and district championships."
BIC finishes the season with a 17-3 overall record while going a perfect 12-0 in league play.