NORMAN - It wasn't supposed to be like this.
First, Welch has to wait 10 days to get to play its first-ever game in the Class 3A state softball tournament.
Then the Lady Wildcats (27-6) suffered a heart-breaking 11-10 loss to Wayne in a first-round clash Saturday at Reeves Park.
“It was a disappointing loss,” Welch coach Josh Schertz said. “We fought hard to come back. I was proud of the girls - we were down 9-0 and could have been run ruled. But we fought hard, got a couple of breaks and showed some toughness.”
The tournament originally was to have started May 2, but the OSSAA had to change dates three times and the location twice because of rain and a wet field.
“It was an unforgettable season,” Schertz said.
Cameron beat Wilson 3-2 in the only game completed before the rash of weather delays. Morrison finished off its 6-1 victory against Wright City.
Apache eliminated Barnsdall 7-3 in the other first-round game.
Semifinal scores included Morrison 6, Apache 5, and Cameron 7, Wayne 1.
Cameron beat Morrison 4-3 in the championship game.
The title was the Yellow Jackets first since 2002 and just the third in school history.
Welch fell behind 9-0 through the first three innings but battled back.
Jessica Powers led off the Welch sixth by reaching on an error. Melissa Fansler tripled to left-center field to drive in the tying run, and she scored on a sacrifice fly by Kalleigh Chrz to give the Lady Wildcats a 10-9 advantage.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, Wayne got the tying and winning runs into scoring position with two out. A fly ball to right-center field was misplayed, allowing the Lady Bulldogs to pull out the victory.
“I was real proud of them,” Schertz said. “It was real disappointing to lose, but we can only hope every season ends in the state tournament.”
Wayne jumped out to the early lead when it scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second and three more in the third.
Welch had an error in each of the first three innings, allowing the Lady Bulldogs to score four unearned runs.
The Lady Wildcats, who left four runners stranded through the first three innings, finally broke through in the fourth when they sent nine batters to the plate while scoring seven times.
Fansler and Chrz each had two-run singles while Allison Chenoweth and Sierra Hankins added RBI singles.
Welch picked up another run in the fifth when Rachel Sutton and Chenoweth drilled one-out singles. Hankins blooped a single that drove in a run, cutting the gap to 9-7.
Fansler had a triple and single with three RBIs and Marlow, Snedden, Chenoweth and Hankins chipped in with two singles each. Chrz drove in three runs with a single and sacrifice fly.
Sutton and Katie McClurg chipped in with singles.