BROKEN ARROW — No. 1-ranked Broken Arrow pushed across a run in the top of the seventh to outlast Enid 1-0 in the winners bracket finals of a Class 6A regional softball tournament Wednesday.

The Pacers, 23-16, will play Muskogee in an elimination game at 2 p.m. today. That winner must beat Broken Arrow twice to advance to next week’s state tournament.

Enid opened the day with a 5-1 win over Muskogee.

Against Broken Arrow, Enid ace Alex Jones struck out 10 and allowed only three hits in taking her fourth 1-0 loss this season. Two of those came in the seventh when Kelsey Hildenbrandt’s two-out single scored Morgan Yates for the game’s only run. Yates had advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Eight of the 10 strikeouts came against the top four in the Broken Arrow order. She did not a walk a batter.

Broken Arrow sophomore Chelsey Lyon needed to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh.

Ali Seibel led off with a single, Enid’s third hit off Lyon. Haley Hudson and Ty Washington walked to load the bases. Kaylee Clark flied out and Jessica Gulick grounded into a hard-hit 5-2-3 double play to end the game.

“That was one of the best softball games that I have ever seen,’’ said Enid coach Lee Linsenmeyer. “Both teams played well enough to win. Both pitchers were outstanding. They are going to be the best two pitchers in the state.’’

The Pacers left seven runners on to three for the Lady Tigers. EHS had left two on in the second.

“You can’t leave that many runners on,’’ Linsenmeyer said. “You have got to get the timely hits. I was proud of how we battled back. The good thing about the seventh was that we didn’t strike out. We put the ball in play.’’

The Pacers are now 3-4 in 1-0 games.

Broken Arrow came into the game with just one loss.

Linsenmeyer feels Enid can win three games today to keep their season alive.

“We plan on making a long day out of it,’’ he said. “We’re not planning on coming home until after the 6 p.m. game. The girls were saying after the game, they feel they can do it. I told them if they played like that, they can beat them twice.’’

Against Muskogee, the Pacers scored three runs in the first. Jones threw a three-hitter and struck out seven to make that hold up.

Jones, Megan Mayberry and Clark were all two for three for the Pacers. Jones scored a run and drove in a run. Clark scored a run. Mayberry had an RBI.

Seibel was one for two with an RBI. Mary Patocka had a hit while Erin Downing was one for three with two runs scored.

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