Asher came dangerously close to elimination Thursday, but Class A’s fifth-ranked Lady Indians came through with a loser’s bracket win over Cement and will advance to next week’s state tournament.
The Lady Indians defeated Cement 6-3 to start their regional tournament appearance Thursday at Heritage Hall, but subsequently fell to fourth-ranked Hammon 5-4. In a rematch with 11th-ranked Cement, Asher shook off an early deficit to win handily, 12-5.
Six Lady Indians — Tristan Milburn, Brandi Doshier, Shayla Dekuyper, Desaray Goodgion, Malerey Luman and Haylee Andrews — smacked two singles apiece in Asher’s 16-hit outing to start the day. Alisha Huggins picked up a double against Hammon, while teammate Kasadi Reimers logged a single and a three-run home run.
Shelby Fleming was 2-for-3 — both singles.
In the second game against Cement, the Lady Indians trailed 5-1 after three innings. It was all Asher from there with one run in the fourth, seven in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Asher out-slugged Cement 16-9 as Huggins went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in. Dekuyper ripped a run-scoring triple and an RBI single, and Fleming, Goodgion and Sarah Wauahdooah hit two singles each.
Cement committed six errors in the game, leading to four unearned runs for Asher.
Now 24-9, the Lady Indians will play Tuesday in the state tournament at Oklahoma City’s ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Their opponent is yet to be determined.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.