COWETA –Connors State rallied from a 3-run deficit to tie Northeastern A&M in the top of the seventh, but the Norse pushed across a run in their half of the seventh to oust the Cowgirls in the Region II Softball Tournament 4-3 Sunday at Coweta High School.
The Cowgirls end the season 38-17, while NEO advanced to the championship game with Seminole State with a 42-15 mark.
NEO took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on four base hits against Connors starter Kristen Reasnor (15-10), who went the distance inside the circle.
Connors broke into the scoring column on Taylor Reeve’s two-run homer over the left field wall in the fifth inning to make it a 3-2 ball game. It was Reeve’s second home run of the year. Erin Isham had reached base on a single just ahead of Reeve’s blast.
The Cowgirls once again rallied late in the ball game, scoring a run in the top of the seventh and just missed in taking the lead.
With one out in the seventh, Amanda O’Neal walked and advanced to second on Sammy Perry’s single to left field. Kalie Romine then grounded out. O’Neal and Perry then advanced a base on a pass ball by NEO. Reasnor, the NJCAA’s top hitter, was issued an intentional walk to load the bases.
Taylor Canida then laced a hard ground ball in the hole at shortstop that was mishandled that allowed O’Neal to score and the ball game. Chelsie Drew then flied out to centerfield to end the Cowgirls scoring threat.