Lady Pirates’ hard fought season comes to an end in state semifinal

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Petrolia's Lady Pirates, and a few hardcore fans, gather for a group photo Saturday after winning the Region I softball final. The lady Pirates' season came to an end Wednesday in the Class A state semifinal.

Petrolia’s Lady Pirates, and a few hardcore fans, gather for a group photo Saturday after winning the Region I softball final. The lady Pirates’ season came to an end Wednesday in the Class A state semifinal.

Petrolia’s Lady Pirates ended a spectacular season of softball Wednesday, falling in the state semifinal to No. 1 ranked Weimar.

The 6-0 loss came just four days after Petrolia defeated Region I rival Windthorst to qualify for the state tournament. The Lady Pirates finish with a 27-6-1 record.

Weimar took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, first scoring on an RBI double and again on a passed ball. The Lady Wildcats pulled away with an RBI double in the third. Weimar’s Emma Holland hit a two-run homerun in the fifth, followed by an RBI single from Makayla Kunz.

Weimar collected 12 hits and two walks. Lady Pirate pitcher Katie Cummings struck out four in seven innings of work.

The Lady Pirates tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh when, with two outs, Ryanne Macklin hit a double to center field. Coty Chase followed with a single to first base, advancing Macklin to third. Weimar ended the inning — and Petrolia’s season — on a pop fly to short stop.

Petrolia finished with three hits and a walk. Cummings, Macklin and Chase all went 1-for-3. Cummings doubled to left field in the bottom of the first inning.

Weimar pitcher Kendall Marak walked Macy Ridinger in the third. In the fifth inning, Macklin reached and advanced to second on a ground ball error at short stop.

Weimar, representing Region IV, will face Harleton of Region III at 3 p.m. Thursday at Red McCombs Field in Austin.

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