CATOOSA - A four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning enabled Catoosa to break open the game, then the Lady Indians coasted to a 5-0 victory over Miami in a Class 4A regional elimination game here Friday.
“We played hard all weekend,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “It carried over from district. We just came up short.”
The Lady Wardogs had dropped a 3-1 decision to Catoosa in the first round, but remained alive with a 5-2 verdict over Vinita.
Catoosa bumped off Claremore Sequoyah 6-1 to force a second game to decide who advances to the state tournament.
There, Sequoyah eked out a 3-1 decision.
Catoosa jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame against Miami, then took advantage of a three-run homer by J. Brown as part of the sixth-inning explosion.
Miami left only two runners stranded, but one came at a critical stage in the game.
Courtnei Young reached on a one-out error in the fourth, but was erased when Kelsey Neal hit into a fielder's choice. Shelby Jurgensmeyer hit a fly ball deep in the gap that the Catoosa right fielder ran down, saving a run.
“Their right fielder made a great catch, or we score to tie it 1-1,” Mercer said. “We do a good job on their 3-hole hitter, then she hits a three-run homer. That blew it open for them.”
Miami's only other baserunner came in the second when Jurgensmeyer reached on an error.
Catoosa finished with seven hits.