It's already been a great Roger Jones Kissimmee Klassic for St. Cloud and host Osceola.
Both teams lost their opening games of the 2018 tournament, so they're already ahead of pace after wins late Thursday night at the Osceola County Softball Complex.
Playing in 7:30 games that were pushed back because of the multiple games earlier in the day already on their fields. The Kowboys and Bulldogs got wins in totally different fashion.
Osceola (12-5) managed just two hits offensively but made the runs they managed count as pitcher Shelby Jones kept the Okeechobee batters off-balance the whole game. The junior spun a two-hitter and struck out seven in the Kowboys' 3-0 victory.
The win means they play St. Petersburg Canterbury today at 5 p.m. on Field No. 5.
St. Cloud (12-1-1), on the other hand, used an offensive onslaught and aggressive baserunning to overpower Tampa Alonso, 12-2 in six innings. The Bulldogs will play West Nassau at 5 p.m. today on Field No. 1.
Osceola got all the runs it needed on just one hit. Natalia Ferrer walked to lead off, Leyla Laboy reached base on a bunt single and Jaiona Ramos reached on fielder's choice to load the bases. Two runs scored when Kendall Thompson reached on an error, and Ramos came in on Madison Dennis' well-placed sacrifice bunt.
Okeechobee loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Jones coaxed a ground out to end the game.
St. Cloud never trailed in their Thursday matchup. Leah Gonzalez tripled to right in the first, and Taylor McFann followed with a single to bring her home. The Bulldogs erupted for four runs in the second; Vanessa Davis stole third and home to score, and McFann drove in two more with a double.
McFann topped off her fie-RBI night with a two-run single in the fifth that was part of a six-run inning.
Morgan Watral's RBI bunt single in the sixth scored Hannah Nasco and ended the game via the 10-run rule.
Alyssa O'Donnell struck out six in the circle for the win.