WYANDOTTE — Five errors unraveled Fairland during a 14-2 loss to Oktaha in the championship game of the Wyandotte Fall Classic Saturday, Sept. 9.
The 2A No. 7 Lady Owls had gone 4-0 in White pool play, routing Oaks 11-1 then posted one-run wins over Adair (1-0), Miami (6-5) and Welch (6-5).
Oktaha, ranked ninth in 3A, needed criteria to advance from the Black pool.
The Lady Tigers, Wyandotte and Kansas all were 3-1, but Oktaha moved to the title game and Kansas played for third on the basis of runs allowed — six compared to 12 for Kansas and 13 for the Lady Bears.
Kansas topped Adair 5-4 to finish third.
Oktaha (14-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and picked up three more runs in the second.
A grand slam by Gracie Dickson keyed a six-run third inning by the Lady Tigers.
They finished with a final three runs in the fourth.
Fairland (20-5) avoided a shutout by scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Tori Barker and error when center fielder Baylee Highfill misplayed a fly ball hit by Lilly Triplett.
The Lady Owls had only four hits off two Oktaha pitchers.
Nikki Dingle collected two singles and Savanna Hutchison and Barker had a single each.
Karli Ashing had a double and two singles while Highfill added three singles.
Dickson also had a single while driving in five runs.
Cayton Sloan had a double and single, Mya Allen two singles and Mazie Richards and Karley Fewel chipped in with a single each.
Kansas 5, Adair 4
The win was the Lady Comets’ second by one run over Adair.
They eked out a 1-0 decision at home on Aug. 15.
A one-out double by Bert Brewer drove in Ashlyn Bird with what turned out to be the winning run for 3A No. 5 Kansas (20-7).
Adair (16-6), ranked sixth in 3A, threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Allison Primeaux walked and Kyla Rogers singled.
However, an infield popup and a liner back to Bird ended the game.
Bird and Brewer collected a double and single each for Kansas while Kelsey Guthrie, Lainie Payton and Addison Gregory had two singles each.
Kaylee Armbrister and Tyra Verrette chipped in with a single each.
Adair’s eight-hit attack included a double by Primeaux and singles by Atleigh Branham, Rylie Looney, Sayge Vickrey, Rogers, Caitlyn Ward, Rhett Looney and Grace Taylor.