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April 19, 2014

Alto Softball: Lady Jackets win 16th-consecutive district title

Duplichain, Crisp spark Alto to 12-1 win over Price Carlisle

PRICE —

No. 4-ranked Alto coasted by Price Carlisle, winning 12-1 Thursday afternoon in Price in what was the regular-season finale for both clubs.

Leading 3-1 going into the fifth inning, the Lady Jackets got things rolling in a major way late by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth and seven in the following inning.

The game was called after six complete due to the Mercy Rule.

Alyssa Duplichain had two hits and four RBI to ignite Alto, while Dariyana Moore contributed three hits, including an RBI double.

Hannah Watson added a couple of hits for Alto and drove in a run.

Madison Crisp took care of business in the pitching circle for the Lady Jackets. She worked six innings and gave up one run on three hits and struck out six six.

Alto, the District 21-A champions, is 20-3 overall and 12-0 in district.

Carlisle ended up 8-4 in conference and will represent the league as the third place team in the upcoming state playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Lady Jackets won their 16th-straight district title this spring.

Alto fielded a softball team for the first time in 1995. Since that time the Lady Jackets have have played in the state finals four times, which was highlighted by a state Class 2A championship in 1999.

The Lady Jackets, who are coached by Luke Balkom (head coach) and Brady Long, have received a first round playoff bye this year and will open their latest post season run late next week against an opponent to be determined.

 

NOTE: Jason Duplichain contributed to this story.

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