Trinity Lutheran had its chances to steal an upset bid over Class A No. 3 Hauser, but the Cougars left the door open too many times and the Jets took advantage.
Hauser collected three consecutive hits, with a Tessa Sims single being the game-winning RBI, and the Jets came away with the 5-4 victory in eight innings.
It was a tough loss for Cougar starting pitcher Hannah Deaton, who struck out five in a complete game.
Hauser’s Sydney Schoen led off the top of the eighth with a single. Hailey Lange then smacked a double that reached the gap between left and center field, setting up Sims with the single that scored the go-ahead run.
Trinity (10-5) had a 2-0 lead heading into the fourth inning. The Jets ended up with singles from Lange and Sims. A costly error from the Cougars allowed two runs to score to tie the game.
In the top of the fifth, Lauryn Starnes had a single and a stolen base. Mykenzie Ault singled and stole second. Schoen sent them both home with a single towards right field to give Hauser a 4-2 lead.
The Cougars responded in the bottom half of the inning. With the top of order leading off, Savannah Harweger walked. Taylor Russell reached on an inaccurate throw and Harweger scored. Jodi Goecker singled and Jaryn Holtsclaw made the sacrifice to score Russell to tie the game at 4-4.
“We had a couple of execution errors that made the difference, and if we lay down some bunts, we win the ballgame” Trinity coach Chad Goecker said. “That was a really good team that we played against, and it is a good learning experience for us for the postseason that we need to execute. It is great to play competition like that so we can get that experience.”