The Fairland Fighting Owl baseball team closed out their 2009 campaign with a 2-2 run at Ketchum 2A regional playoff last week.
FHS (24-5, 2A #9) opened their regional account with a 9-8 win over Commerce before dropping a contest in the second round to Oktaha.
The Owls fought back into the tournament with a 7-3 win over Ketchum to earn a rematch with Oktaha. The Tigers won that game by a 12-1 count.
Oktaha (24-4, 2A #2) will feature in the 2A state tournament in OKC this week. The number two seed will face Mangum Thursday night at Dolese Park.
"Against Oktaha, we just didn't have an answer,” said Fighting Owl Baseball Head Coach Jerry Johnson. “They are just able to keep so much pressure on you to hit every spot.
“We are proud of our kids for staying hooked up to come back for a second game with them,” Johnson said. “Our team goal was to make it out of a regional and this happened to be a really tough draw. They (Oktaha) are the number two team in the state right now. It will be interesting to see how it all finishes.”
Stevie Nowlin picked up the win over Ketchum, giving up three hits and delivering nine strikeouts.
"Stevie did a good job on the mound against Ketchum,” Johnson said. “We overcame a terrible first inning on defense and he settled in to pitch and play well.”
Four FHS errors in the first inning saw the Warriors post three runs for an early lead.
The Owls answered in the bottom of the frame with a three-hit, four run effort to take a one run lead. The heavy lifting featured an RBI double from Jordan Alexander, coupled with a sacrifice fly RBI from Brett Blalock and a two-run homer from Cale Schumacher.
Another Alexander RBI in the second put Fairland up by two.
A two-RBI single from Lett in the sixth made for the final.