Bumpy, painful finish to great ride: Lady Falcons fall short in title game

Blair Oaks fell to Bowling Green 6-1 in the Class 2 championship game. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --- This was a season full of great moments and memories for the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons.

Remember those.

Because it may be a while before you forget some not-so-great moments from Saturday's finale.

A series of uncharacteristic mistakes, misplays and walks proved costly, as the Bowling Green Lady Bobcats beat the Lady Falcons 6-1 in the Class 2 state championship game at the Killian Complex.

It was a bumpy and painful way for this wonderful journey to end.

"I would be lying to you if I told you we played a good game," Blair Oaks coach Sharon Buschjost said. "I know we didn't play close to our best game and the girls know they didn't come close to playing their best game.

"Having said that, congrats to Bowling Green for a great season. They were the better team today, that's for sure."

Indeed. But there's also this --- every team, be it the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons, will have that worst game of the season.

The Lady Falcons just picked the worst possible time to have it.

Junior pitcher Makenna Kliethermes was fabulous all season. She entered the championship game at 22-1 with an ERA hovering around 0.50, and she'd walked just 35 batters in nearly 130 innings of work.

On this day, however, she couldn't get that big out, that big strikeout (even though she did fan 15), when she needed it most. She gave up six runs (three earned) on six hits, but walked a season-high seven --- two of those with the bases loaded.

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