WOODWARD—Fourth-ranked Connors State rallied from a one-run deficit in the sixth inning with a five-run outburst in the seventh inning to overtake Rose State College 16-13 in the opening round of the Region II Baseball Tournament at Crystal Beach Field Thursday.
The victory improved the Cowboys to 48-7 and into the winners' bracket game against Eastern State at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Eastern (42-15) defeated Northeastern A&M 8-7.
Rose drops into the losers' bracket in a noon game Friday against Arkansas Baptist, who lost to Seminole State 21-2. Top seed Seminole State will play NEO at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Cowboys led the Raiders 15-12 after seven innings then added a run in the eighth for a 16-12 advantage. Rose State added a run in the ninth for the final outcome.
Luis Playa led the 18-hit Cowboy barrage with six base hits in six plate appearances.
Connors also had four doubles in the game, Pelayo, Hrynkiw, Callico and Luper.
Brandon Coldston started on the hill for the Cowboys, going seven innings, giving up six runs before being relieved by Ty Callahan in the seventh, who gave up six runs on seven hits, striking out three.
Callahan was then relieved by Isander Perez (5-1) in the seventh, who got the win. Perez struck out seven, gave up five base hits including a homerun.