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Originally posted May 2, 2012
Union loses in Class 6A slowpitch softball final
BY GUERIN EMIG Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
OKLAHOMA CITY - Union's bid for a fastpitch-slowpitch state double fell short Tuesday, as Westmoore slugged out an 18-7 victory in the Class 6A slowpitch championship game.
But what a bid it was.
"Back at the beginning of the year, we finished eighth in our own tournament," Union senior Courtney Dobson said. "That was pretty crummy. It was an uphill climb. Our camaraderie definitely kept us going, and I'm super proud of what we did."
Union knocked out Tahlequah in Tuesday's quarterfinals, after Tahlequah had defeated it earlier this season. The Redskins edged Jenks 2-1 in the semifinals, after the Trojans had beaten them earlier this year.
"I think we repaid just about everybody," Union coach Steve Randall said. "We started the year 2-6. The girls played wonderfully from then on, including here today."
Union actually led Tuesday's final 5-2 after a first-inning rally featuring Kayla Patterson's home run, Briana Evans' triple and singles by Dobson, Alexis Rile, Ashley Saxton, Madison Vanburkleo, Madison McGraw and Michal Ibison.
Then the Jaguars went off, scoring two in the second inning, two in the third, five in the fourth and seven in the fifth.
"It's a hitting game, and they can hit," Randall said. "They get a lead and start dropping their shoulders. With the wind blowing out like this, it's tough."
Three of the Jaguars' 27 hits were home runs. They added a pair of doubles and a triple in winning their 10th slowpitch championship.
The Redskins were looking for their second since 2010, and a slowpitch crown to go with their fastpitch one from last fall.
"Sometimes you take what you can get," Randall figured. "I'm happy. It's been a great run for these seniors."
Tahlequah Sequoyah wins first slowpitch title
Tahlequah Sequoyah captured its first slowpitch championship, and first softball title of any kind, by shutting down Morris, 5-1.
Winning pitcher Courtney Jones fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, but cruised from there. She got help from two double plays, one a second-to-short-to-first turn by Kelsey Leach, Kara Linch and Keisha Jones, the other a catch-and-throw triggered by center fielder Saharra Henson.
Henson was as valuable at the plate. Her two-run double to center field put the Indians ahead for good in the bottom of the fourth. Her two-out single kept a sixth-inning rally alive and set up Megan Towie's two-out, two-run single for some insurance.
Dale rolls past Lattafor 4A championship
Dale overwhelmed the 4A field, polishing off Latta in the championship 13-2. The Lady Pirates won their first slowpitch title, and their first softball crown since winning fastpitch in 2003.
Samantha Barry ripped a pair of home runs in the final. Danielle Dockrey also homered, while Jaelin Flewallen doubled and tripled.
Keeli Kessinger accounted for Latta's only runs with a homer.
Westmoore 18, Union 7