Fort Gibson bounced back from an early upset, but the Lady Tigers have a ways to go to return to the Class 4A state tournament.
Bayleigh James’ three-run home run blew open a close game in the sixth inning and Fort Gibson beat Locust Grove 5-1 in an elimination game in the Class 4A regionals which was moved up a couple days due to weather forecast concerns later in the week.
Fort Gibson, the second seed, was backed into that corner with the same score, losing to the third-seeded Bristow Purple Pirates in the first-round matchup Tuesday morning.
Bristow then rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Oologah 4-3.
Now, the Lady Tigers (19-12) will play Oologah, on Wednesday with Bristow awaiting the survivor and needing to lose twice in the double-elimination contest. Oologah as host is the top seed.
A third-inning double by Abbye Porterfield scored Nia Polzin, who singled with one out in the third. Fort Gibson made it 2-0 in the fourth on Hannah Thouvenel’s single to left, scoring Graci Williams, who reached base on a one-out error.
James’ blast provided a chunk of insurance for Courtney Hill. Hill, who held Locust Grove to three hits, lost her shutout bid in the seventh on a fielder’s choice groundout after her third allowed hit and a hit batter put two on. She struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
James, Polzin and Porterfield each were 2-for-4.
The Lady Tigers’ lone run in the earlier game came when Nia Polzin’s single to center in the third scored Hannah Thouvenel, who was hit by a pitch with one out. Thouvenel wound up 3-for-3 in the contest.
A one-out double by Bristow’s Dustie Barnes drove in a tying run, then stole home for the go-ahead run. Back-to-back doubles in the fifth finished the scoring for the Purple Pirates.
Fort Gibson outhit Poteau 6-5, but left 10 on base.
Polzin gave up five hits in six innings, walked three and struck out three.
6A: Roughers ousted
Muskogee went two-and-out on Tuesday in Owasso, losing 11-1 to Stillwater and 12-0 to Owasso.
The Roughers were outhit 14-3 by the Pioneers and fell behind 8-0 before D’Asia Brown’s solo home run to lead off the sixth spoiled the shutout. Shania Henry and Katlyn Clark had the other hits.
Owasso owned a 17-4 edge in hits. Mya Gauldin was 2-for-2. Brown and Karsyn York also reached safely.
4A: Checotah still alive
Checotah was shut out at Skiatook by the regional hosts 7 -0 on four hits, two by Alexis Hamilton. The Ladycats beat Inola 4-2 in an elimination game and play the loser of Skiatook and Grove at noon Wednesday.
Against Inola, Vanessa Henson's double in the eighth proved to be the difference. Kaitlynn Searles was 3-for-3 and Hamilton 2-for-4.