SALINA — The Louisburg Lady Cat softball team rode two come-from-behind regional victories to end its season in the Class 4A state softball tournament.

The Lady Cats run ended with a 10-0 loss to Andale in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament Thursday, May 23, at Bill Burke Stadium in Salina.

Louisburg compiled a record of 9-15 on the season. Andale (23-2) went on to place second in the state.

Members of the Class 4A regional champion and state qualifying Louisburg Lady Cat softball team are Kayla Willey, Mia Wilson, Lauren Cutshaw, Paige Eccher, Madison Svoboda, Reilly Ratliff-Becher, Karson Griggs, Alyse Moore, Brooklyn Diederich, Jordan Mynsted, Jenna Terry, Jada Frazier and Kathleen Coolidge.

Playing in their final high school softball game for Louisburg were Griggs, Rison and Svoboda.

Svoboda walked and singled for the Lady Cats against Andale. Moore had a base hit. Rison walked twice.

Diederich started the game, working into the third inning. Daniels and Wilson pitched in relief.

Louisburg opened its run to improbable regional championship with a 17-2 victory against Parsons in a play-in game held at Louisburg on Monday, May 13. The Lady Cats were down 2-0 in that game.

The Louisburg Lady Cats softball team rallied from a 7-4 deficit to upset the Ottawa Cyclones in their backyard in the semifinals of the Class 4A regional softball tournament Louisburg scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning against Ottawa to upset the Cyclones 9-7 on Tuesday, May 14 at Orlis Cox Field.

The Lady Cats were not done, breaking a 3-3 tie with a three-run seventh inning against Chanute in the championship game.

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