Tori Schieferdecker didn't let a runner reaching base in the top of the seventh inning faze her.
A lineout and a strikeout left the tying run stranded at third base as the Payson Seymour softball team outlasted Liberty for a 3-2 victory Tuesday in the Class 1A Payson Regional semifinals.
Second-seeded Payson (15-4) advances to face Western at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the regional championship.
The Indians led by a run with out in the seventh when the Eagles' Lawren Ruths reached safely on an outfield error and reached third base on the play. Julia Hahn lined out to the shortstop in the next at-bat, forcing Ruths to hold at third base. Schieferdecker struck out Katie Wagner to end the game.
Schieferdecker struck out seven and allowed just four hits.
Sixth-seeded Liberty struck first as Allison Coonrod led off the game with a double and scored on Kenzey Wagner's triple. Payson didn't tie the game until the fifth on Riley Epperson's RBI double, and she scored on Schieferdecker's single for a 2-1 advantage. A groundout with the bases loaded later in the inning made it 3-1.
Jenna Hahn's two-out RBI single in the sixth trimmed the deficit to one, but the Eagles (7-12) stranded her at first.
Western 7, Central 5: A six-run fourth inning pushed the fifth-seeded Wildcats into the Class 1A Payson Regional championship.
Third-seeded Central led 2-1 before Western loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth. The Panthers' Haley Cramer induced an infield fly for the first out, but a sacrifice fly tied the game. Savannah Hall followed with a two-run single to center. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Emily Schreake, who drove in two more runs with a single.
Chloe Mellon drove in Western's final run with an RBI single. Katie Hildebrand hit a solo home run in the next half inning and Kennady Marlow hit a two-run double in the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-5, but Haley Flores retired the Panthers in order in the seventh to seal the victory.
Schreake had a pair of hits and two RBIs for Western (8-8), while Hildebrand drove in two runs for Central (16-16).
Unity 7, Triopia 1: Addison Miller allowed one run off four hits and struck out nine, while top-seeded Unity jumped to a 5-0 lead after three innings and advanced to the Class 1A Brown County Regional championship.
The Mustangs will play either Brown County or Jacksonville Routt in Friday's regional championship.
Katlyn Corrigan had a two-run double to left, followed by an RBI single from Alaina Voss to give Unity a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Krista Schrader added an RBI single in the second, and Brianna Blickhan drove in a run with a single in the third. Triopia scored its only run on an error in the fifth. Hawley Corrigan hit a two-run double in the sixth for the Mustangs.
Schrader, Hawley Corrigan and Katlyn Corrigan combined six hits and five RBIs in the heart od the order for Unity.
Beardstown 9, West Hancock 1: Anna Walker hit a lead-off double and scored on a Reagan Eaves base hit, but the Titans (15-7) were held hitless by Beardstown's Alyssa Dour from that point on in the Class 2A Rushville-Industry Regional semifinal.
Dour hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs overall, while striking out eight. Beardstown scored two runs in the third to take the lead and followed it up with a four-run fourth.
Petersburg PORTA 8, Pittsfield 0: The Saukees had two runners on base in each of the last four innings but were unable to score in the Class 2A regional in Pittsfield.
PORTA scored three runs in the bottom of the third off a sacrifice fly and back-to-back RBI doubles. PORTA's Amber Teimeyer retired nine straight batters until the Saukees got runners on first and second with no outs in the fourth. Tiemeyer forced a shallow fly ball, an infield pop-up and a groundout to end the inning. PORTA tacked on three more runs in the fifth and a pair in the sixth.
Pittsfield (8-20) had eight hits and left seven runners on base.
North Greene 11, Pleasant Hill 0: The Wolves (1-15) were held to four hits in a semifinal loss in the Class 1A Griggsville-Perry Regional. The Spartans' Meagan Roberts pitched five shutout innings, striking out seven. The Spartans took a 5-0 lead after two innings and added six runs in the third.
Class 1A Brown County Regional
Unity 7, Triopia 1
Triopia 000 010 0--1 4 2
Unity 311 002 x--7 11 2
Gregory and Werries; Miller and K. Corrigan. WP--Miller. LP--Gregory. 2B--Unity 3 (K. Corrigan, H. Corrigan, Ellerman).
Class 1A Payson Regional
Payson Seymour 3, Liberty 2
Liberty 100 001 0--2 4 2
Payson 000 030 x--3 9 1
Wagner and Hahn; Schieferdecker and K. Burgess. WP--Schieferdecker. LP--Hahn. 2B--Liberty 1 (Coonrod), Payson 1 (Epperson). 3B--Liberty 1 (Wagner).
Class 1A Payson Regional
Western 7, Central 5
Western 100 600 0--7 8 3
Central 020 201 0--5 11 3
Flores and Hall; Cramer, Hildebrand (4) and Wear. WP--Flores. LP--Cramer. 2B--Central 4 (Reuschel 2, Wear, Ke. Marlow). HR--Central 1 (Hildebrand).
Class 1A Griggsville-Perry Regional
North Greene 11, Pleasant Hill 0
Pleasant Hill 000 00--0 4 8
North Greene 236 0x--11 4 1
White, Riddle (2) and McKinnon, Dolebeare (4); Roberts and Rogers. WP--Roberts. LP--White. 2B--North Greene 2 (Roberts, Woosley).
Class 2A Pittsfield Regional
Petersburg PORTA 8, Pittsfield 0
Pittsfield 000 000 0--0 8 2
PORTA 003 032 x--8 13 1
Lewis and Saxe; Teimeyer and Ernst. WP--Teimeyer. LP--Lewis. 2B--Pittsfield 1 (Phillips), PORTA 6 (McClure 2, Carlock 2, Ernst, Roberts).
Class 2A Rushville Regional
Beardstown 9, West Hancock 1
Beardstown 002 403 0--9 12 1
West Hancock 100 000 0--1 2 0
Dour and Hobrock, Sloan (4); Fox and A. Walker. WP--Dour. LP--Fox. 2B--Beardstown 3 (Herzog, Hobrock, McGill), West Hancock 1 (A. Walker). HR--Beardstown 1 (Dour).