SALINA — A two-run homer by Kara Muskrat with one out in the top of the ninth inning provided the margin of difference as Stilwell eked out a 6-4 victory over Fairland in the championship game of the Salina slow-pitch softball tournament here Thursday.
The Lady Owls had gone 2-0 on the first day of play, but dropped a 5-4 victory over Stilwell in the winners' bracket final.
They remained alive with a 3-1 win over Salina in the losers' bracket final, then lost the heartbreaker to Stilwell.
Fairland threatened in its half of the ninth when Katie Martin singled with one out.
However, Cori McCorkell hit into a fielder's choice, erasing Martin, then Lexi Wade popped up to short, ending the game.
The Lady Owls tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs.
Whitney Dushane led off with a single, then Lauren McCabe singled with two out. Lindsay Goodman singled home Dushane, then Makayla Wiseley drove in McCabe with the tying run.
Each team had its leadoff runner reach in the seventh and eighth frames, but couldn't get the clutch hit.
Stilwell broke out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first then the Lady Owls scored twice in the second.
The Lady Indians went up 4-2 in the fifth.
Martin and Goodman each had a pair of singles to head up a 10-hit Fairland attack. Ashlee Davis, Dushane, Paige Gibson, Leanna Prater, McCabe and Wiseley chipped in with a single each.
Wilson had three singles for Stilwell while Muskrat had two home runs. She added a two-run shot in the first.
Eagleton also hit a home run on the game's first pitch for the Lady Indians.
Fairland 3, Salina 1
The Lady Owls got single runs in the first, second and third innings then held on.
Salina got its lone run in the sixth.
Davis had two singles for Fairland, with Dushane, Gibson, Prater, McCabe, Mykaela Ziebert, Wiseley and Lindsay Goodman adding singles.
Stilwell 5, Fairland 4
The Lady Owls got all four of their runs in the top of the sixth, then left the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the seventh.
An error on a ball hit by Martin allowed two runs to score, then Wiseley and Kyla Reynolds added RBI singles.
Stilwell broke out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run shot by Muskrat and tacked on single runs in the second and third.
Marshall had a pair of singles as part of the Lady Indians' seven-hit attack.
Prater had a double and two singles for Fairland. Wiseley had two singles, with Dushane and Reynolds contributing a single each.
The Lady Owls are idle until March 26, when they travel to Wyandotte.