The Izard County Lady Cougars punched their ticket to the Class 1A State Softball Tournament with a tight 1-0 win over Shirley in the 1A Region 2 Tournament May 3 at the Cougar Sports Complex in Brockwell.
Izard County ace Sarah Taylor was doubly busy in the victory, as she not only picked up the win by allowing just one hit while striking out eight and walking none, she also scored the only run of the afternoon.
With two outs in the home half of the third, Taylor (single, double) smacked a double down the line at first to start a rally for the Lady Cougars. With Trace Grinnell (hit) in the batter's box, Taylor then swiped third and later stole home on a passed ball, scoring the run of the game.
With a one-run lead, Taylor then took care of business on the hill, giving up just one hit to Shirley, a single in the fourth, leaving Izard County with the victory.
Lane Norvold and Alex Kurtzweil hit safely for the Lady Cougars.