MOKANE — The No. 2 seed Lady Indians scored what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to edge the No. 3 Lady Wildcats in the Class 2, District 3 semifinals Thursday night.
New Bloomfield managed only four hits and committed three errors in the showdown between Show-Me Conference foes, finishing its season with a 13-8 record.
Russellville (23-3) — which won two of three meetings with the Lady Wildcats this season — will now face top-seeded Father Tolton (20-3) for the District 3 title at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tolton reached the championship with a 9-2 triumph over No. 5 seed Fayette (18-6-1) in Thursday's other semifinal.
Russellville went in front of New Bloomfield with a run in the third, but the Lady Wildcats pulled even by countering with their lone run in the top of the fourth.
Senior center fielder Makenna Branch led off the inning with a single to left, then advanced to second and third, respectively, on consecutive groundouts. Junior catcher Brooke Talbot followed with a single to left, scoring Branch to make it 1-all.
The Lady Indians manufactured the decisive run in the sixth on a single, two New Bloomfield errors and a sacrifice fly.
Branch, Talbot, sophomore left fielder Brinley Dysart and sophomore first baseman Brooklynn Smith were each 1-for-3 for the Lady Wildcats.
New Bloomfield junior starter Asya Nichols took the complete-game loss, giving up two runs — one earned — on seven hits.