From Staff reports
MOORE — Tahlequah’s slowpitch softball team went 5-1 at the Big Cat Classic in Moore on Friday and Saturday. The Class 6A No. 6 Lady Tigers went 5-0 in pool play before falling to top-ranked Moore, 8-6, in the finals.
On Friday, Tahlequah posted victories over 6A No. 12 Norman (15-0), 4A No. 2 Washington (10-0) and 6A No. 8 Southmoore (9-8 in eight innings).
The Lady Tigers followed with wins over 6A No. 5 Jenks (5-3) and 4A No. 1 Dale (9-7 in eight innings) on Saturday afternoon before the finals.
In the finals against Moore, Tahlequah out-hit Moore 18-11. Marisa Girdner went 4 for 4, Randee O’Donnell was 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and Whitney Wright was 3 for 4.
“We were hitting singles while they were hitting doubles,” Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said.
Against Dale, Caitlin Chuculate came up with a go-ahead RBI single and Britney Johnson had a two-run single to add to Tahlequah’s lead.
“We played four top-five teams, and I think as a team, we got a lot better,” Cloud said. “We’re scoring eight and nine runs a game, and we’re winning games with defense. The weekend was very successful. We got a lot better. I was pleased.”
Up next for Tahlequah will be a pair of home games against 4A No. 13 Oktaha on Monday.
SHS track teams come in 4th
HENRYETTA — Both of Sequoyah’s track teams posted fourth-place finishes at the John Philippe Invitational in Henryetta on Friday.
For the Lady Indians, Kayla Davis came in second in the 400-meter race, and Baylee Ratliff picked up the silver in the long jump.
Hulbert and Keys both recorded individual first-place finishes. For the Riders, Terry Cook won the discus crown at 133 feet, 9 inches. For Keys, Ali Andrews won the 3,200-meter race title at 12:20.
Indians get 3rd at Westville
WESTVILLE — Kyle Helsley went 3 for 4 with three runs batted in to lead Sequoyah to a 10-0 win over Westville in the third-place game of the Westville tournament on Friday.
Brett Brown also drove in three runs for the Indians (3-6). Billy Sunday also chipped in with two RBIs.
Elijah Tucker picked up the pitching victory for Sequoyah, giving up only two hits in the process.
The Indians will play again Monday at Stilwell.