Quitman took advantage of good pitching and timely hitting in advancing to the Class 2A state softball tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated Murfreesboro in the opening round, Salem in the quarterfinals and punched its ticket for the state finals by beating East Poinsett County in Saturday's semifinals.

Kassie Rhodes, the winning pitcher in the three games,  allowed seven hits and two runs with 12 strikeouts against EPC.

Quitman scored two runs in the second inning and one rn in the third. The Lady Bulldogs had one run in the seventh. EPC scored one run each in the fourth and fifth innings.

Marley Johnosn hit two doubles and a single to lead Quitman's offense. Rhodes had a single and a double with an RBI.

Quitman (28-5) will play Poyen in Fayetteville at a time and day to be announced. The time and day will be posted on the Sun-Times Facebook page when it becomes available.

Quitman hitters -- Marley Johnson single, 2 doubles; Kassie Rhodes single, double, 1 RBI: Gracie Smith double; Lillie Webb single; Maddie Thompson 1 RBI.

Quitman pitcher -- Kassie Rhodes 7 hits, 2 runs, 12 strikeouts, 1 walk in 7 innings.

Quitman 2, Salem 1

Quitman scored the winning run in the seventh inning and beat Salem 2-1 in Friday's quarterfinals.

The Lady Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Salem tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning.

Rhodes hit two singles and a double with one RBI. She relieved Johnson in the sixth, allowing no hits and runs, plus one strikeout.

Quitman hitters -- Kassie Rhodes 2 singles, double, 1 RBI; Riley Drake double, 1 RBI; Lillie single; Jadie Langston single; Trinity Ellington single.

Quitman pitchers Marley Johnson 5 hits, 1 run, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk in 5.1 innings; Kassie Rhodes 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 strikeout in 1.2 innings.

Quitman 4, Murfreesboro 2

Quitman built a three-run lead through three innings and defeated Murfreesboro 4-2 in Thursday's opening round.

Autumn Johnson led Quitman with a single, a double and a solo home run. Maddie Thompson had a single and triple with one RBI. Drake hit a home run.

Rhodes pitched a 5-hitter, allowed two runs and struck out three.

Quitman hitters -- Autumn Johnson single, double, home run, 1 RBI; Maddie Thompson single, triple, 1 RBI; Riley Drake home run, 1 RBI; Marley Johnson double; Gracie Smith, single; Taylor Hootern single; Trinity

Ellington single.

Quitman hitters -- Autumn Johnson single, double, home run, 1 RBI; Maddie Thompson single, triple, 1 RBI; Riley Drake home run, 1 RBI; Marley Johnson double; Gracie Smith, single; Taylor Hootern single;  T. Ellington single.

Quitman pitchers --Kassie Rhodes 5 hits, 2 runs, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks in 7 innings.