DURANT, Okla. – No. 4 Southeastern (50-11) scored a pair of runs in the final frame, but left the bases loaded as No. 5 Angelo State (41-8) handed the Savage Storm a 4-3 loss in the Lone Star Conference Tournament semifinals on Sunday in Durant, Okla.
The RamBelles will now advance to face Abilene Christian in a three-game series for the conference championship, while SE will now wait to find out its regional destiny.
While the Storm wait, however, they will face Oklahoma City on Wednesday in a 4 p.m. single game at the Southeastern Softball Complex.
Marjorie Johnson was handed the loss in the circle, tossing 4.0 innings and allowing three runs on two hits while striking out 10, but walking nine.
Jami McAdoo tossed 3.0 innings in relief, allowing a run on two hits with two K’s.
At the plate, Erika Bernal picked up three of the four SE hits, with a double and a home run.
McAdoo collected the other hit for the Storm, while Benita Sanchez and Laney Anderson each added an RBI.
ASU jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first, sending eight hitters to the plate with both runs scoring on free passes with the bases loaded.
The Belles pushed the lead to 3-0 in the third, but Bernal connected on a solo homer over the right centerfield wall to trim the deficit to 3-1.
ASU got another run in the top of the sixth and the Storm trailed 4-1 heading intot he bottom of the seventh inning.
Bernal singled to lead off, but was put out on a fielder’s choice where Johnson reached.
Morales drew a walk to put runners at first and second, but another fielder’s choice would get Johnson going to third and leave runners at first and second with two outs.
McAdoo singled to load the bases, followed by back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to close the gap to 4-3.
However, the next ball was grounded straight to third where the third baseman stepped on the bag and ended the Storm comeback.