CATOOSA - Miami remained alive in the Class 4A softball regional with a 5-2 victory over Vinita here Thursday evening.
The Lady Wardogs had been bumped into the losers' bracket with a tough 3-1 loss to Catoosa in the first round.
With the win, Miami plays again today at 12:30 p.m. in an elimination game. That winner moves on to play in the 2 p.m. championship game.
The “if necessary” game will follow at 3:30 p.m.
The Lady Wardogs and Catoosa battled to a 1-1 draw heading into the seventh.
Justus, Henshaw and J. Brown drilled consecutive singles to give the Lady Indians a 2-1 edge.
However, the fourth hit of the inning - a base hit by T. Brown - gave Catoosa a two-run cushion.
Miami was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh on a ground out and two strikeouts.
Each team scored a run in the sixth inning.
A leadoff double and a one-out single gave the Lady Indians a 1-0 advantage.
The Lady Wardogs battled back when Jessica Kelly singled with one out and scored on a double by Courtnei Young.
Miami left only three runners on base, but had runners at second and third in the fourth. Young singled with one out. Kelsey Neal was hit by a pitch. Shelby Jurgensmeyer hit into a fielder's choice, with Neal erased at second and Young cut down at home.
Young accounted for two of the Lady Wardogs' three hits.
T. Brown and Henshaw had two hits each for Catoosa.
Miami 5, Vinita 2
The Lady Wardogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning then tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
Vinita got both of its runs in the fifth.
Makayla Vail led off the third with a single. Jordan Barlow also singled and they were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice by Kylie Carder.
An error allowed Vail to score, then Kelly and Barnes picked up RBIs when they hit into a fielder's choice.
The Lady Wardogs scratched out a run in the fourth when Haiden Rowland singled and circled the bases on a pair of errors by Catoosa.
The final MHS run came in the fifth. Carder walked and eventually scored when Barnes grounded out.
Miami had only three hit off Vinita's Tosha Tyler.
Neal scattered four hits for the Lady Wardogs.