SHAWNEE — One run made the difference as Fairland’s stay in the Class A state fast pitch softball tournament was ended.
Morrison made a fifth-inning run stand up during a 1-0 semifinal victory here Friday, Oct. 11.
The No. 6 Lady Owls (30-7) had advanced with a 7-5 win against No. 3 Canute on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Fairland had only three hits off Lady Wildcat pitcher Kaylyn Raper: a double and single by Savannah Hutchison and a base hit from Scout Mayfield.
An error gave Morrison its only run.
Paris Wariner led off the MHS fifth with a walk. She was sacrificed to second by Rylee Hughes and scored when a ball hit by Hally Vaughn allowed Wariner to sprint home.
Fairland left the bases loaded in the sixth when Kinley Powell reached on an two-out error, Hutchison doubled and Erica Schertz walked.
However, Raper worked out of trouble by striking out Grace Goins with a strikeout.
Then in the seventh, Raper retired the side in order on a foul out and two strikeouts.
Morrison (32-4) had only one hit — a double by Kallie Rupp — against Schertz, who fanned 10 and walked two.
The Lady Wildcats and Tushka will play for the state championship Saturday.
Tushka advanced with a 4-3 upset of top-seeded Binger-Oney.
In addition to the Lady Owls’ win over Canute, other first-round games included Binger-Oney 13, Sterling 7; Tushka 15, Ripley 7, and Morrison 6, Roff 2.
Fairland 7, Canute 5
The Lady Owls did the bulk of their damage in the first three innings, scoring twice in their first trip to the plate, three in the second and one in the third.
They tacked on an insurance run in the sixth on a double by Hutchison, her second of the game and her third hit.
Canute (30-7) made things interesting by cutting the score to 6-3 in the sixth frame then picked up two more in the fifth.
The Lady Owls’ first-inning runs came on a Hutchison double and an error, then the next three came on fielder’s choice by Powell, an RBI single by Hutchison and an error.
Davis plated Fairland’s sixth run with a bases-loaded walk.
In addition to Hutchison’s big day, Davis had two doubles, Jordan Gates two singles and Powell, a single.
Kylee Smith collected two singles for the Trojanettes while Madison Faylor and Haley Schreck added one each.
Schertz had nine strikeouts and she walked seven in the circle.