Like Burkburnett before, No. 2 Petrolia faced a tough task entering today: Either win two games and go to state, or lose once and go home for the summer.
The latter looked good in after the top half of the third inning of game 2 against No. 3 Albany in Graham this morning.
The Lady Lions scored five runs, forcing Petrolia head coach DeDe Gray to pull ace Alaina Anderson out of the circle in favor of Katie Cummings.
Cummings allowed only one run the rest of the way, while the Lady Pirate offense mustered up 10 runs to win it 11-8.
Petrolia answered right back with five runs in the bottom half of the third. Jamie Kowalick, Kenzie Payne and Cummings each drove in a run, then Anderson finished it off with a two-run single to cut the lead down to 7-6.
In the next innings, Payne put the Lady Pirates ahead by driving in a pair of runs. Cummings added another RBI in the bottom of the sixth, adding to her win from the circle.
Albany made a statement early in game 3. Jami Schkade belted a ball to deep left field that fell inches short of three-run blast. Instead, she settled for driving in the first two runs of the game. The Lady Lions added two more to take a 4-0 lead after one.
Kenzie Payne cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth with a two-run double.
But, Albany added two more insurance runs to take a 6-2 lead. The Lady Lions would hang on to win it.
Petrolia finishes the year 30-9, falling one level short of the state tournament for the second year in a row.
The #4 City View Lady Mustangs were just four outs away from their first-ever trip to State, leading the #7 Callisburg Lady Cats 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning.
But despite the best efforts of star pitcher Ciara Clampitt, Callisburg got a two-out single from Ashley Williams to tie the game then later in the inning, another single from Cheyenne Wilson to score Williams and give the Lady Cats a 2-1 lead that would be enough to win a pitchers' duel.
City View threatened in the top of the 7th, Shelby Payne reached on a popup that, aided by a fierce wind, fell in the infield, then she stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position.
But Callisburg's Taylor Ramsey struck out Taylor Stanfill for Ramsey's 10th of the day to end the game and send Callisburg to state, while City View's best season in school history, for any sport, ended at 22-13 overall.
City View scored their only run, and had three of their four hits, in the fourth inning.