SEMINOLE — Seminole completed its run of the table against Region 2 competition with a 10-7 win over Northeastern A&M in the championship round here Monday, May 13.
The No. 1-ranked Belles went 30-0 in the OCAC during the regular season then went 4-0 to nail down a berth in the NJCAA World Series May 22-25 at St. George, Utah.
“She (Seminole coach Amber Flores) felt they played their very best this weekend and it was required because we played our best all year this weekend,” Lady Norse coach Eric Iverson said. “If either side would not, they would not have won.
“We brought out the best in them. That is a good thing. That is the way the game should be played.”
Seminole rolled 8-0 over Connors State in the first round, 7-1 against Western State in the semifinals and 10-4 vs. NEO in the winners’ bracket final.
The Lady Norse (36-17) beat Eastern State 7-3 and Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa 9-3 in their first two games.
They bounced back after the first loss to SSC with a 9-5 win against Tonkawa to remain alive.
This was the second straight year Seminole won the Region 2 title after the Lady Norse had won it three times in a row (2015, 2016 and 2017) and six out of seven times.
In addition to combining for 31 runs, NEO and Seminole collected 48 hits in the two games, including 27 in the title round.
“That was two great softball teams that produced two great softball games — we didn’t come out on top,” Iverson said. “We slugged at each other for two days. You don’t have to look at the hit totals to see that.”
Seminole 10, NEO 7
The Lady Norse got to within two runs in the sixth, but Seminole pulled away by scoring three times in the top of the seventh.
Marissa Lokey delivered a two-run homer with two out in the seventh, but Karis Clark popped up to second, ending the game.
NEO left six runners stranded, including at first and third in the third inning.
The Belles broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three times in the top of the third.
Seminole also scored twice in the fourth and once in the fifth.
NEO got one run in the first and third, two in the fifth on an inside-the-park home run by Mary Collins and added one more in the sixth frame.
Lokey and Collins also had singles. Collins drove in three of NEO’s seven runs.
Hannah Burnett delivered a triple, double and single while Makayla Bowman had a double and single.
Karissa Marshall doubled and Bailey Fowler and Cheyanne Petty contributed base hits.
Shayla Harper belted two home runs for Seminole. She had a two-run blast in the second and a solo shot in the fifth.
Tarin Dubler finished with two doubles and a single and Jocee Sparks had a double and two singles.
Jolie Romine contributed a double and single and Haley Womack and Jaclyn Gray added two singles each.