After Fairfield left one runner on in the top of inning five, Teutopolis stretched its lead in the bottom of the frame.
Cowman reached on a fielder's choice, and Apke singled and pushed on toward second in an attempt to beat the throw. The Lady Mules toss to the bag was errant, allowing Cowman to coast home for a 4-0 lead.
Anni Borries closed Teutopolis' scoring in the sixth, when she sent a two-RBI double to left center that plated Kadi Borries and Danielle Repking.
"That was nice, that was a big hit," Niebrugge said. "Especially if you saw what was going to happen in the top of the seventh."
Kadi Borries, the Lady Shoes' starting pitcher, made things interesting in the final Fairfield at-bat.
She started by getting the Lady Mules' Emily McKibbon to ground to short, but then fell victim to two walks and an error to load with bags with one out.
Kadi Borries walked her third batter of the inning, Brittney Glisson, allowing the sole Fairfield run.
"Kadi was just a little off, she wasn't missing by much," Niebrugge said. "She found a way, she's a competitor. She's not going to back off."
She responded by striking out Alyssa Kullok, her tenth whiff of the game, and retiring Chloe Hinkle on a pop up back to the mound. The Teutopolis starter finished with six walks, but allowed only three hits to limit the damage. She also finished with three singles at the plate.
Though it wasn't a perfect effort, the Lady Shoes advanced past the opening round of sectional play, where they fell last year to eventual state runner-up Williamsville, to advance to Saturday's Teutopolis Sectional final.
"This was not our best defensive effort by far," Niebrugge said. "We're going to have to be a lot sharper than that Saturday morning, and they're certainly capable of being better. We're going to be ready to go."