PRAGUE — The Red Devils of Prague earned their third straight slow-pitch state tournament berth by staving off Class 4A regional tournament foe Stroud 3-2 Thursday.
Down 3-1 entering the top of the seventh inning, Stroud tallied a run before getting retired.
Prague, ranked sixth, scored its three runs in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Demi Manning and sacrifice flies by Karsyn Coleman and Diana Manning.
Both teams had eight hits. Brittany Harwell was Prague’s only multiple hitter with a triple and single.
To earn its state berth, Prague had to defeat Stroud after splitting two earlier games.
In its opener, Prague trailed Washington 18-9 entering the seventh but scored eight runs before coming up short at 18-17.
Beth Denney and Coleman registered two doubles. Also doubling were Adisyn Auld, Harwell, Demi Manning and Kennedy Watkins.
Prague rebounded from that defeat by riddling Latta 15-0 in a three-inning run-rule.
Auld clouted two home runs while Denney also homered. Demi Manning garnered three doubles and Gracie Hightower also had a two-bagger.
Prague, 26-6, will launch state tournament play Wednesday at FireLake after traveling to Sulphur Monday for a 5 p.m. encounter. Prague was the slow-pitch state runner-up two seasons ago. Last year’s squad lost in the quarterfinals.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.