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High School Sports

August 16, 2013

Champs trumped

Tahlequah opens season by knocking off reigning 5A champion Grove.


Tahlequah softball notebook: Lady Tigers alter opening-day lineup

Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud had his season-opening lineup all set and ready to go. Then he had to revamp it a few minutes before the 2013 season got underway.

Marisa Girdner was originally penciled in as Tahlequah’s lead-off hitter in center field, but the senior outfielder was absent because of a funeral. Thus, Whitney Wright moved to the lead-off spot, while Lainey Wallace moved from right field to center field.

“I don’t know what else you can do about it,” Cloud said. “Seems like we always have something come up. (Girnder) was at a funeral; you can’t fault her for that.”

Wright, who was to hit in the No. 2 hole, certainly didn’t see the last-minute change coming.

“I didn’t see that coming,” she said, “but I’m confident enough in myself that when (Cloud) puts me that spot, I can produce for him.”

Walking with a limp

None of Tahlequah players appeared to be nursing injuries as the season started on Thursday. However, Cloud began the season with a walking boot on his left leg.

The fourth-year coach said he tore his Achilles tendon earlier in month.

Birthday girl

Tahlequah shortstop Randee O’Donnell, an Oklahoma State commit, celebrated her birthday on Thursday. The No. 3 hole hitter, though, went zero-for-three, including a line drive right at the center fielder in the third inning.

Up next

Tahlequah will take part in its first tournament of the season on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Tigers will play Choctaw, Enid and Inola on the first day of the Broken Arrow tournament, which will be held at Arrowhead Park in Broken Arrow. On Saturday, Tahlequah will take on Owasso and Union.

Grove will host Collinsville in a District 5A-3 contest on Friday.

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