COMMERCE — The Lady Warriors wouldn’t go away.
One out from falling to East Newton, Missouri, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Alliegh Branham drove in the tying run at the Lady Tiger Classic here Saturday, Sept. 2.
The scenario was similar in the bottom of the eighth, but a one-out single to left by catcher Katy Huffman drove in the winning run as the Lady Warriors escaped with a 3-2 victory.
In other games Saturday, Seneca, Missouri, claimed seventh with a 9-5 win over Afton.
Commerce clipped Fairland 3-1 to take fifth and Verdigris wound up third with an 8-0 victory against Quapaw.
Thursday’s scores included Commerce 4, Afton 0; Verdigris 5, Fairland 1; East Newton 6, Afton 0; Adair 4, Verdigris 3; Fairland 5, Seneca 3; East Newton 6, Quapaw 0; Seneca 3, Adair 2, and Quapaw 8, Commerce 6.
Then on Friday it was Adair 3, Fairland 1; Quapaw 3, Afton 2; Verdigris 12, Seneca 4, and East Newton 3, Commerce 1.
The Lady Patriots had grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Jaylen Hayward.
Adair had eight hits in the game.
Lauren Booth collected a double and single while Jayce Vikrey doubled.
Branham, Kylee Looney, winning pitcher Allison Primeaux, Kristen Kinse and Huffman added singles.
Kinsey Sorrell had two singles for East Newton, which also got a double from Brynne Smith and singles from Hayward, Robin Hussong and Kaitlyn Hailey.
Primeaux fanned nine and walked one.
Oxendine was the losing pitcher.
Commerce 3, Fairland 1
Consecutive singles by Sunny Crawford, Cali Wells and Rhyane Hallett produced the Lady Tigers’ runs with two out in the third inning.
Miriam Nino led off the inning with a walk and Laney Smith sacrificed her to second.
After an error and a strikeout, Crawford, Wells and Hallett delivered run-producing hits.
Fairland’s only run came in the top of the first on a grounder by Madison Stotts.
Kyndall Davis had singled on the third pitch of the game then advanced to third on a passed ball.
Hits were at a premium in the game.
The three hits in the third inning turned out to be the Lady Tigers’ only hits off losing pitcher Nikki Dingle.
Davis and Ashton Mowery had Fairland’s only hits off the Ashley Barton.
Barton struck out on and walked one.
Dingle walked two and had no strikeouts.
Seneca 9, Afton 5
Five runs in the top of the sixth helped Seneca take charge.
Afton pulled to within a run in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an error.
But the Lady Indians sent 10 batters to the plate during the sixth-inning rally, which included a bases-loaded double by Grace Johnson.
Afton came back with a pair of runs in its final at bat on a triple by Savanna Mullikin and an error.
Chaney Platner had a two-run homer in the second and a single for Seneca, which also got two singles from winning pitcher Mekaylee Beard.
Mikayla French tripled, Chelsea Beville and Johnson doubled and
Adron Durman, Brianna Allen and Mady Dunbar added singles.
Mullikin had a triple and Shinn doubled.
Taylee Burrow and Tommy Betz delivered singles.
Beard had two strikeouts and one walk while Burrow logged six strikeouts and three walks.