Van Buren’s Tori Stafford’s walkoff single propelled the Pointers into the 7A softball semifinals Saturday.
The Lady Pointers (23-7) slipped past Conway (22-7), 5-4, in the quarterfinal game at City of Colleges Park. They’ll play defending state champion North Little Rock at noon Monday for a state finals berth.
Alexa Golden’s two-run home run to right center tied the score at 4 in the top of the sixth as a light rain came down.
After Conway’s Madi Shaw made a superb diving catch in center for the first out in the bottom of the seventh, Ashton Sangster reached on a bunt single and stole second. Stafford, who drove in one run with a single in the third, hit a sharp liner to left that scored Sangster with the winning run. Stafford was also the winning pitcher.
The Lady Pointers broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third on Stafford’s RBI and a two-run single by Emnile Aaron.
The Lady Cats rallied for two runs in the fourth on a hit batsman, two walks, Rachel Jones’ single and a fielder’s choice.
Van Buren took a 4-2 lead on the fifth on a hit batsman, a bunt single and a sacrifice fly.
In other state tournament action:
4A GIRLS SOCCER AT NORTH LITTLE ROCK
St. Joseph’s girls, a No. 3 seed going into the tournament, defeated Episcopal Collegiate, 2-1. The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to play Maumelle in Monday’s 10 a.m. semifinal.
CLASS 2A SOFTBALL AT MARKED TREE
Buffalo Island Central eliminated St. Joseph. 8-0.
5A SOFTBALL AT JACKSONVILLE
Vilonia defeated Magnolia, 12-2, to move into Monday’s semifinals at noon.
2A BASEBALL AT WOODLAWN & PINE BLUFF
Parkers Chapel edged Conway Christian, 3-2, in one quarterfinal. Junction City eliminated defending state champion St. Joseph, 8-4, in the other.