CHANDLER — Lincoln County entrants Meeker and Chandler took different routes but finished in the same position Thursday at the Class 3A Regional 4 Tournament.
Meeker launched play with a 7-6 victory over Davis but stumbled 1-0 to Holdenville in the winners bracket.
Chandler was a 1-0 loser to Holdenville in the opening round but remained alive with a 3-2 elimination-game win against Davis.
Meeker and Chandler will square off at noon today in an elimination game. The winner must defeat Holdenville twice today, beginning at 2 p.m., to advance to next week’s state tournament.
Meeker trailed Davis 6-0 after three innings but tallied six runs in the bottom of the fourth, then added a run in the fifth for the victory.
Madison Hedge clubbed a 3-run triple in the fourth to tie the game at 6. Darien Edmonds then smacked a first-pitch RBI single in the fifth for the game-winning hit.
Aubrey Pruitt, Hedge and Edmonds collected two hits apiece to lead the 10-hit attack.
Kaycee Babek scored two runs.
Madison Gabeau, who went the distance on the mound for Meeker, allowed six earned runs and six hits. She fanned six and walked five.
Meeker outhit Holdenville 8-5 but stranded eight runners. An RBI double in the second provided the lone run.
Meeker fell despite receiving a triple from C. Sellers and a double apiece from Madison Buoy and Gabeau. Gabeau shined on the mound, permitting five hits, striking out nine and walking four.
Meeker is 17-11.
Chandler, in its 1-0 loss to Holdenville, outhit the victors 5-3 but committed four errors. Pitcher Kylee Lynch of Chandler was charged with one unearned run while giving up three hits and chalking up nine strikeouts.
Kelsey Williams doubled for Chandler, which stranded eight baserunners.
The Lady Lions were down 2-0 to Davis after four innings but tallied a single run in the top of the fifth, then received a 2-run single by Jaelyn Robertson in the sixth for the victory.
Lynch was again sharp, giving up two hits and two earned runs in a seven-inning stint. She fanned seven.
Robertson, who scored in the fifth to bring Chandler within 2-1, was 3 for 3 at the plate.
Chandler is 23-11.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.