COWETA – Connors State will have to fight it way through the losers’ bracket of the Region II Softball Tournament to reach next week’s Southwest District Tournament.
The Cowgirls (38-16) fell to No. 1 seed Seminole State in the winners’ bracket 9-4 and will now meet the winner of Northeastern A&M and Rose State at noon Sunday which was played late Saturday. It was the Cowgirls fifth consecutive loss to Seminole this season.
Seminole advances to the championship game at 2 p.m. with an undefeated record in the double elimination tournament. The Bells will take a 39-10 record into the championship round.
Cowgirls commited five errors and a bases loaded wild pitch allowing two runs to score proved costly for Connors.
Following a scoreless first inning for the Cowgirls, Seminole used an infield error by Connors and a RBI single by Chelsea Delong to score Lexi Watson. Watson slide under the tag of catcher Erin Isham at home on a throw from centerfielder Chelsie Drew.
Belles regained the lead in the second taking advantage of another Connors miscue on the infield ad a RBI double by Janelle Sandavol for a 2-0 Seminole lead.
Connors sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth inning and the result was a 4-2 Cowgirls advantage.
Reasoner, Taylor Canida and Chelsie Drew all singled to load the bases. Taylor Perdue then ripped a shot to the left center field wall clearing the bases, giving Connors a 3-2 lead.
Following an infield out by Erin Isham, Taylor Reeve doubled to right field scoring Perdue for the 4-2 advantage.
Misfortune struck the Cowgirls in the fourth, as another error and a wild pitch by Reasoner with the bases loaded allowed the Belles to score two runs to tie the game at 4-4.
In the Belles fifth, Seminole exploded for five runs on five base hits for a 9-4 advantage, as Reasoner (15-9) was lifted for Jessica Christian.