FAIRLAND — Howe jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back during a 12-1 romp over Fairland in a Class 2A fast-pitch regional winners’ bracket contest here Thursday, Sept. 28.
The loss bumps the Lady Owls into an 11 a.m. elimination game against Lucky 7 Conference rival Wyandotte on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Lady Bears fell 10-3 to Fairland in the first round, but remained alive by routing Chouteau 12-2.
Howe had notched an 8-0 win over Chouteau in the other first-round game.
Fairland managed only two hits in its loss to Howe — a pair of singles by Madison Stotts.
The Lady Owls only run came in the second inning.
Howe didn’t score again until the fifth, when the Lady Lions scored twice.
They broke open the game with a four-run rally in the sixth. A two-run homer kicked in the run rule.
Fairland had five errors in the game.
Wyandotte 12, Chouteau 2
Elizabeth Mensink stopped Chouteau on only two hits: a double by Haley Davis and a single by Baylee Telemchuck.
Mensink struck out eight but walked five.
After jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, Chouteau scratched out single runs in the first and second.
The Lady Bears took charge with a six-run rally in the third.
Jennelle Lundien had a two-run single while Ally Bartley doubled home a run and Kallie Morisset and Aranda Nair delivered RBI singles.
Another runs scored on a passed ball.
Wyandotte tacked on a final run in the fourth.
Hailey Hart had a double and single while Lundien and Nair collected two singles each.
Ally Bartley doubled while Elizabeth Mensink, Grace Parmley, Madelyn Branham and Morisset contributed singles.
Fairland 10, Wyandotte 3
The eighth-ranked Lady Owls fell behind 3-2 after Wyandotte scratched out a run in the top of the sixth.
FHS sent 12 batters to the plate in its half of the sixth.
Ashton Mowery and Lilly Triplett had two-run singles, but Stotts and Nikki Dingle picked up RBIs when they were hit by pitches with the bases loaded.
Kyndall Davis and Savannah Hutchison also drove in runs when they hit into fielder’s choice plays.
Dingle, who went the distance in the circle, retired the Lady Bears in order in the top of the seventh to nail down the Lady Owls’ 29th win of the season.
Each team scored twice in the second then Wyandotte got an unearned run in the top of the sixth to go up 3-2.
Jenna Morgan collected a double and two singles for the Lady Owls.
Mowery had two singles, Davis added a double and Stotts, Dingle and Triplett chipped in with a single each.
Dingle logged nine strikeouts and one walk while limiting Wyandotte to three hits: a triple by Mensink and singles by Hart and Parmley.