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The Atkins Lady Red Devils defeated Valley Springs 5-1 in the first round of the Class 3A State Tournament on Thursday in Ashdown.

Atkins did its damage with nine hits scattered across six innings. The Lady Red Devils scored two in the first, two in the third and one in the sixth.

Kinley Prater homered in te first inning, Libby May and Christin Flory each got multiple hits for Atkins.

May was the winning pitcher. She gave up five runs on nine hits over six innings. She walked one.

The Lady Red Devils take on Smackover at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.