KETCHUM — Fairland hoped to battle back through the losers’ bracket of the Class 2A regional tournament here.

The Owls outslugged CHS 9-8 in a first-round game but suffered a 15-0 loss to second-ranked Oktaha in the winners’ bracket final on Thursday.

Commerce beat Ketchum in a late elimination game.

The schedule for today has been moved up for a noon start. The Owls  play either Commerce or the Warriors in the first game, then the survivor faces Oktaha.

A second game to determine who advances is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Every time we’ve played Commerce, its been a tough game,” Fairland coach Jerry Johnson said. “They seem to always play us well.”

The lead see-sawed back and forth, with the Owls taking a 9-6 lead in the top of the seventh.

Commerce came back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to create the final margin.

Oktaha’s Cale Elam blasted three home runs, including a solo shot on the first pitch of the game.

Jim Ellis, 542-5533, ext. 3052