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Lady Pirates fall to Rayburn in state semifinal

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Lady Pirate Cheyenne Reese slides in to home during Petrolia's Region I final Saturday in Graham. The Lady Pirates fell to Rayburn in the state semifinal Wednesday. Click to view more photos from the Region I final.

By Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Petrolia’s season has come to an end in the state softball tournament Wednesday.  The Lady Pirates fell to Ivanhoe Sam Rayburn in the state semifinal, 5-3

After struggling through the first part of the season, the Lady Pirates peaked when it counted, pulling together for a playoff run that would stretch four games and lead to the program’s first-ever state tournament berth. Wednesday’s loss ended a nine-game win steak.

Rayburn opened with a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Petrolia evened the score in the top of the third. Mallory Ridinger reached first base on a fielder’s choice, and advanced to third on a Jamie Kowalick double. With two outs, Alaina Anderson hit a two-RBI double, scoring Rindinger and Kowalick.

In the bottom of the inning, Petrolia gave up three runs, falling behind 5-2. Rayburn opened with a triple and took advantage of a Petrolia error before smacking a three-run home run.

Petrolia’s final run came in the seventh inning.

With two outs, Allie Ablia reached on a fielder’s choice and Mobley singled up the middle. Ridinger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kowalick, who will continue her career at Independence Community College in Kansas next season, hit an RBI single to score Ablia.

Katie Cummings took the loss on the mound, pitching all six innings.

Catcher Kowalick led the Lady Pirates in the batter’s box with two hits on four at-bats and one RBI. Alaina Anderson went 3-for-1 with two RBIs.

Petrolia committed two errors to Rayburn’s one.

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