Despite playing in one of the toughest regionals in the state, Heavener is headed to the state tournament after a pair of wins Thursday in the McAlester regional.
The 10th-ranked Lady Wolves rallied from behind twice to down Henryetta 6-5 in nine innings after edging Valliant, 11-8, in the earlier game.
The McAlester regional featured top-ranked Bethel and seventh-ranked Valliant.
After falling behind 5-0 in the final game, Heavener tied the game with three runs in the third and another pair in the fifth.
Neither team could score until the Lady Wolves’ Elyssa Turner scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to send Heavener to the state tournament.
Heavener also was behind against Valliant 4-0 after the first inning. After scoring five runs in the second, Valliant eventually led 7-5 before the Lady Wolves scored three runs in the top of the fifth.
Valliant answered to tie the score in the bottom half of the inning only to see Heavener score twice in the sixth and another in the seventh for the final 11-8 margin.
In a 6A regional at Muskogee, Poteau won twice but could not overcome the sixth-ranked hosts, falling 10-5 and 13-4 (SEE RELATED STORY) to be eliminated.
Poteau opened with a 13-1 win over Broken Bow before losing the next game to Muskogee. The Lady Pirates stayed alive with an 11-1 win over Muldrow before losing to the Lady Roughers.