That something ended up being the Sequoyah pitching staff, which gave up two runs in the sixth inning, allowing Cherokee to break a 2-all tie and hold on for a 4-3 victory.
Cherokee (1-3), which led 2-0 after the top of the third, only to see Sequoyah (0-4) tie the game over the next two innings, didn’t waste time going to work in the sixth.
After a called strike, Taylor Cates watched the next four balls pass her to draw a leadoff walk. Autumn Bible followed with a single to left field before Kindell Reeves was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Bailey Jaussi then came through with a hard single to center field, which plated Cates and Bible.
Katy Stamey reached on an error to again load the bases, before Mikayla Cagle worked out of the jam by striking out Deven Bennett and getting Blake Childers to ground into a double play.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sequoyah appeared as if it would answer, but after the first two batters reached base, Cherokee turned a soft grounder into a double play to get out of the inning.
The bottom of the seventh continued to give the Lady Chiefs hope as Bailee Zietler and Laney Joyner drew back-to-back walks to start the frame. Kendall Williams flied out in foul territory before Madison Cook — the potential winning run — drew a walk to load the bases. Cat Novack grounded out to second, but Zietler was able to score to pull within a run, 4-3.
The game then ended when Johnson flied out to right.
Cherokee pushed a run across in the first inning, thanks to a double by Reeves, who also played a role in the Lady Warriors’ second run. That came in the third, when Bible reached on an error and Reeves bunted her over to second. After a single by Jaussi, Bible came in to score on a single by Bennett.
Sequoyah got a run back in the bottom of the third and tied it with Novack’s homer in the bottom of the fourth.
Reeves, the third Cherokee pitcher of the night, earned the victory. She pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run on four walks and no hits, while striking out two.
Bible started the game and pitched three innings, giving up two runs on five hits. In the fourth, she gave way to Rachel Catt, who allowed two baserunners, but no runs.
Jordan Gibbs took the loss after entering in relief for Cagle. Gibbs threw 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and four walks.
Offensively, Jaussi led the Lady Warriors with a 3-for-3 performance. She also drew a walk and drove in two runs.
Bible finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, while Bennett was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Novack was the only Lady Chief with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with her home run and two RBIs.
Cherokee will return to action Thursday in a Region 5AAAAAA game at Wheeler. Sequoyah will host Cass in a Region 7AAAAA game.