Needing only one game to advance to the Class A state tournament, Healdton took care of business, knocking off host Stonewall Friday.
The Bulldogs scored six runs in the third inning, and held on for a 7-6 win. Jenna Martin went the distance, giving up five earned runs and nine hits, striking out six and walking five.
"They got out on us early and we came out a little flat," Healdton coach Joel Bradberry said. "The kids get revved up and don't get relaxed. We scored the runs and settled down. We didn't play like we had been playing."
Bradberry said Martin scattered several singles with the majority of Stonewall's runs coming on big hits including a three-run homer to narrow the margin to 7-6 late in the game.
Martin had a double at the plate and got help from several teammates. Morgan Fletcher was 2-for-4 with a double, and Jessi Kelly was 2-for-3 with a double. Lynsie Cantwell went 2-for-3 in the win.
Healdton will now return to the state tournament after a two-year absence. Prior to the dry spell, the Bulldogs had nine consecutive appearances.
"I'm proud of this group of seniors," Bradberry said. "Last time we went, they were freshmen and didn't get to play. It's been a burden. When you are here, you are expected to go to state, and they kept working hard."
The matchups for the state tournament will be announced Monday.
Ringling bowed out of the regional tournament early Friday in a 6-4 loss to Stonewall. The Blue Devils fell behind 5-0 and rallied, but could not get over the hump.
Angel Stoker (17-12) took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits with five errors in the loss. She was 2-for-4, with Ashley Murray and Britann McGahey each having two hits. The Blue Devils also dropped their first game of the regional tournament to Stonewall in a heartbreaking 15-14 affair. Ringling rallied from five down to the tie the game in the top of the seventh inning, only to walk in the winning run. Stoker and Bailey Tolliver combined to walk 15 batters, with Stoker taking the loss.
Tolliver was 2-for-5 with a double. Megan Cunningham was 3-for-5, and Lacy Rutledge had two hits and a double.
The Blue Devils rallied Thursday with a 4-1 win over Maud, with Stoker picking up the win. She struck out nine, giving up one hit with one walk and one hit batter.
Stoker also had a home run in the win.
Ringling finished the season with an 18-13 record.
INDIAHOMA — Turner's hopes of a Class B state tournament appearance were dashed, as the Falcons fell to Sentinel 1-0 in a deciding game Friday. Sentinel scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Page 2 of 2 - Jacey Henry took the loss, giving up five hits and one run, which was not earned. She struck out three and walked two. Henry and Andi McGill each had hits in the loss.
Turner opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over Indiahoma, as Henry struck out 11 and gave up two hits.
In its second game, Turner fell behind 3-0 and fell 3-2 to Sentinel. Henry struck out 12, giving up one earned run on five hits. Em Hathorne was 2-for-3, and Shyenne Parker was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
The Falcons opened Friday action with a 9-1 win over Arapaho-Butler. Turner scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back. McGill was 3-for-3 with three runs, with Henry getting two hits. Turner followed up with a 6-2 win over Sentinel to set up the deciding game. Perri McGill and Sierra Parker each had two hits.
Henry got the win, working seven innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits and five strikeouts.
Results from Sulphur regional were not made available to The Ardmoreite.