The race for a state tournament berth began for two Rogers County teams on Tuesday.
Inola saw its season come to an end in the Skiatook regional after playing 24 innings through two games, while Oologah was forced into the losers’ bracket of its own regional with a backdoor chance of making the state tournament.
Check out the Friday edition for Wednesday’s results.
GROVE 1, INOLA 0
Despite Inola’s strong finish to the regular season, its regional didn’t start out on the best note.
In a game that went an unprecedented 16 innings, Grove had just enough to steal a 1-0 decision.
Laken Malone hit a line-drive single to leftfield, scoring Ava Sarwinski for the game-winning run in walk-off fashion.
Duke commit Lillie Walker was strong in the circle despite the loss, striking out 16 while allowing only five hits and six walks through 15.1 innings.
Walker threw a total of 218 pitches in the extended game.
The Lady Horns tallied seven hits, led by Allison McGowan, who went 3-for-7 at the plate.
Malone got the win for Grove, for she allowed seven hits and zero runs through 16 innings, striking out 20.
Sarwinski went 2-for-6 at the plate to lead Grove in hits.
CHECOTAH 4, INOLA 2
Inola endured another extra innings game in the losers’ bracket, batting Checotah to a 4-2 loss in eight innings.
The game was tied at two heading into the eighth, but Vanessa Henson gave the Lady Wildcats a lead they wouldn’t relinquish when she blasted a 2-RBI double to centerfield, scoring Amanda Brown and Ceejay Robison.
Alexis Hamilton put Checotah on the board first in the first inning with a single to centerfield, and Katelyn Searles brought her home shortly after with a double to the same area, making it 2-0.
The Lady Horns didn’t respond until the third inning when Walker recorded a 2-RBI single, scoring Jamie Burke and Amelia Danker.
Macy Hutchinson took the loss in the circle for Inola, surrendering nine while striking out two through eight innings.
Hamilton earned the win to keep the Lady Wildcats’ season alive, for she struck out seven while allowing five hits.
Burke led Inola at the plate, managing three of the team’s five hits. Walker had the other two.
Meanwhile, Searles and Hamilton recorded multiple hits for Checotah, coming away with three and two, respectively.
The Lady Horns finished the season with a 19-12 record, finishing third in district behind Hilldale and Verdigris.
OOLOGAH 2, LOCUST GROVE 0
Bailie Runner wasn’t having it from Locust Grove.
She pitched a shutout, striking out 15, while allowing only four hits through seven innings to lead Oologah to a 2-0 victory.
That pitching insurance was needed, for neither of the Lady Mustangs’ runs came via a hit.
Kiah Purdunn broke a scoreless tie in the third when she scored on an error by Locust Grove shortstop M. Hunt, and Hadley Calico brought Runner home with an RBI groundout in the fourth to cap the scoring.
Harley Culie did well in the circle as well for the Lady Pirate, sitting down six while surrendering three hits and one walk.
Culie also led Locust Grove with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.
Emma Gill notched two hits to lead in hits.
BRISTOW 4, OOLOGAH 3
It was a rough final inning for the Lady Mustangs.
Despite carrying a 3-0 lead into the seventh, Bristow’s bats awoke, scoring four runs on two hits to steal a 4-3 victory from the home team.
Kenslee Mayberry singled to second base to score Kinzie Williams, and Lacey Moody completed the comeback with a line-drive double to right field on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring Mayberry, Dustie Barnes and McKenna Ingram.
All three of the Lady Pirates’ hits came in the seventh inning. Oologah managed six hits.
Ingram pitched Bristow to victory, striking out four while allowing six hits and no walks through seven innings.
Kenzie Chacon took the loss for the Lady Mustangs despite a tremendous start. She went the full seven innings, striking out 13 and walking zero.
Purdunn, Raegan Maple, Raigan McKee, Chacon, Gill and Calico each collected one hit.