SAGINAW — It turns out the third time wasn’t the charm after all for the Burleson Lady Elks’ softball team in their series against the Weatherford Lady Roos.

After Weatherford claimed 2-1 and 3-2 victories over Burleson on the way to a perfect District 3-5A campaign, the teams met again in the Class 5A, Region I quarterfinals at Saginaw High School.

The Lady Elks fell short against Weatherford for the third time this season in a 5-3 defeat, as the Lady Roos scored three sixth-inning runs to earn the come-from-behind victory.

“They’re a good team — they really are,” Burleson head coach Regina Bankston said. “We came to play. We hit the ball really hard and had nine hits and no errors. They just had a couple more runs than we did.”

Burleson (19-15-1) held a 3-2 advantage heading into the sixth inning, but Weatherford loaded the bases with no outs on a single and a pair of walks.

A sacrifice fly by Jordan Wallace tied the score as Randi Tongate scored from third and the other two runners moved into scoring position.

Chelsea Lee followed with a two-run double to give Weatherford its first lead of the contest.

Weatherford pitcher Hannah Schnelby retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win for the Lady Roos, who will play either Keller or Plano East in the region semifinals.

With the victory, Weatherford has now won six of the past seven meetings against Burleson.

The Lady Roos claimed a 2-1 win at Burleson during the first round of district play before downing the Lady Elks, 3-2, at home on Senior Night by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Weatherford’s last loss came March 3 against Keller.

The Lady Elks got on the board early in Tuesday night’s matchup, plating a pair of first-inning runs to take the lead.

Katie Monreal led off the inning by reaching on an error and Erin Harmon reached on a bunt single.

After a fielder’s choice by Ashlee McDonald moved both runners into scoring postition, Michaela McNeely drove both runs in with a double.

Weatherford cut the deficit in half in the top of the second inning, as Schnelby singled with one out and courtesy runner Lilly Perez stole second base.

Lee drove her in with a single and stole second base, but Burleson starter Jamie Lambert recorded a strikeout to preserve the lead.

The Lady Roos threatened in the top of the fourth, but Lambert pitched around a pair of situations with runners on the corners to get out of the jam.

The Lady Elks stretched their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the frame, as Lambert led off with a double and courtesy runner Jordan Parker scored on a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Matejka.

Weatherford cut Burleson’s lead to a single run again in the top of the fifth when Mallory Wakefield drove a liner to the wall in left centerfield and raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run to cut the lead to 3-2.

Wakefield led off the game with a triple, but was picked off of third base when Matejka threw down to third after a strikeout and Lindsay Cline applied the tag to complete the double play.

Lambert was solid on the mound for the Lady Elks, pitching a complete game and allowing nine hits.

She struck out four and walked two.

“She kept us in the game,” Bankston said of Lambert. “She fought hard and we knew she could do that. She’s a good senior leader. She did her job.”

Harmon, Kari Fry, Monreal, Matejka and Lambert played their final games with Burleson as seniors.

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