What started as a promising weekend for Verdigris softball ended prematurely.
The Lady Cardinals opened Class 4A Regional 5 in Broken Bow with a 12-5 win over Miami, but their bats fell silent from there on. Verdigris was blanked 13-0 its next two games, including a 3-0 upset loss to county rival Sequoyah that eliminated it from state tournament contention.
Sequoyah went on to fall 11-1 to host Broken Bow in the regional final.
The Lady Cardinals (24-12) closed the season losing six of their last eight.
Elsewhere, Oologah's hopes of returning to the state tournament for a third-consecutive year were dashed in its own regional after suffering losses to Bristow and Poteau.
The Lady Mustangs finished the season 25-5.
Here is how each of the team’s seasons came to an end:
Sequoyah 3, Verdigris 0: Both teams were strong in the circle Friday, but Sequoyah was just a little more so at the plate in a victory over Verdigris.
The Lady Cardinals had defeated Sequoyah 14-6 on Aug. 14.
Sidney Roland was the winning pitcher for the Lady Eagles, allowing five hits with four strikeouts through seven innings while Brylee Ray took the loss for Verdigris, surrendering one run on three hits through two innings.
Gracie Anderson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Lady Cardinals Varsity in hits.
Meanwhile, Sequoyah racked up six hits, with Kylie Ruley and Roland each collecting two.
Broken Bow 11, Sequoyah 1: Broken Bow knocked in nine runs in the third on its way to a victory over Sequoyah on Friday.
The burst was led by singles by Ashayla Williams and Kale Bray, home runs by Kate Burris and Chloe James, doubles by James and Carlyssa Crutchfield and a groundout by Jaylee Lopez.
James also paced the Lady Savages in the circle, allowing only two hits while striking out five and walking zero through 3.1 innings.
In all, Broken Bow racked up 13 hits. Bray went 3-for-3 at the plate and James, Williams, and Crutchfield each tallied two.
The Lady Eagles’ lone run came in the fourth when Halee Wallin scored on an error.
Poteau 4, Oologah 3: It came down to the last play, but Poteau completed the upset of Oologah with a solo home run from Kylie Turner in the bottom of the eighth.
The Lady Mustangs held a 3-0 lead through five innings, but an Annika Dill single and two errors allowed Poteau to even things up in the sixth.
Dill got the win for the Lady Pirates as well, allowing two hits and one run through two innings. Turner threw six innings of relief, surrendering three runs on seven hits.
Kenzie Chacon took the loss despite striking out nine, surrendering seven hits through 7.2 innings. She also managed three of the team’s nine hits while Hadley Calico and Kiah Purdunn added two hits apiece.