Lady Bulldogs escape, to play for district title

LINN — Junior third baseman Karli Leeper’s RBI double in the 12th inning lifted the top-seeded South Callaway Lady Bulldogs to a dramatic 5-4 win over No. 4 Cuba in the Class 2, District 9 semifinals Thursday night.

South Callaway survived by forcing the game to extra innings with a four-run outburst in the sixth. Junior left fielder Brooke Craw singled in the 12th for the Lady Bulldogs and advanced to second on the play on a throwing error. Leeper followed with a double to deliver Craw with the decisive run.

South Callaway (17-8) was scheduled to play No. 3 seed Belle for the District 9 championship Friday, but the game was rained out. The two schools will now square off for the title at 5 p.m. Monday. Belle reached the championship by toppling No. 2 seed Linn 9-5 in Thursday night’s other semifinal.

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