COWETA –Connors State’s Kristen Reasnor laced a single into left-center field sending home Amanda O’Neal with the winning run in the bottom of ninth inning to defeat No. 23 -ranked and No. 2 seed Northeastern A&M 4-3 in the second round of the Region II Softball Tournament Saturday morning.
The win advanced the Cowgirls (38-15) into the winner’s bracket of the tournament on Saturday evening against Seminole State, who defeated Northern Enid 4-1.
Tied 3-3 entering the ninth, Rikki Wooten opened the frame with a base hit and Amanda’ O’Neal’s base hit forced Wooten out at second base. Sammy Perry then lined a single to center field before Kali Romine popped out to second base for the second out of the inning.
Reasnor then drilled her base winning hit as she picked up the win (15-8) also inside the circle. Reasnor paced the 10-hit Cowgirls attack with a homer and three singles, while Sammy Perry added a double and single.
Connors starter Taylor Canida last only four batters in the first inning, before being replaced by Jessica Christian inside the circle. NEO managed a base hit and two walks against Canida, as she loaded the bases. However, Christian shut down the Norse threat, holding NEO to just one run.
Kristen Reasnor tied the game in the fourth inning with her 14th home run of the season over the center field wall to deadlock the game at 1-1.
NEO regained the lead in the top of the fifth, 2-1 on two, base hits, but it was short lived as the Cowgirls rallied again to tie the game.
Erin Isham beat out an infield hit, moved to second base on a pass ball and scored on Sammy Perry’s double to left field driving home Isham forT the deadlock in Connors half of the fifth.
NEO regained the lead in the eighth inning when Lexi LaValley scored on a double by Baile Donthan for a 3-2 Norse lead. But Connors would not be denied, tying the game in its half of the eighth when Kali Romine scored on Taylor Perdue’s sacrifice fly to centerfield with the bases loaded and a 3-3 deadlock.