Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

May 7, 2014

Sequoyah falls short against Bethel in 5A finals

SHAWNEE — Sequoyah hit. Boy did they ever hit.

Just not as good as the No. 1-ranked Bethel, which pounded out as many hits as they did runs in a 20-10 Class 5A championship game loss.

The Lady Indians started off as if they would blow the game open early, scoring five runs on just one out in the first. Hayleigh Galvin's three-run home run, her first of two in the contest and fifth for the tournament, was the big hit. Marissa Smith hit a solo shot to get things started.

Bethel answered with four in the first and eight in the second, then never trailed.

We'd followed them through the year and watched them. We knew they could hit," Sequoyah coach Larry Shade said. "They hit throughout the lineup and we didn't. That's the difference. They deserve all the credit."

Kelsey Leach also homered for the Lady Indians, who were upbeat despite the five-inning run-rule loss.

"We just know second is best we can do. First would have been amazing but thank God we got this far," said Galvan, whose home run burst was the most she's had in any single-day event this season.

Sequoyah, 20-11 and ranked 10th coming into the day, went into the final with 32 runs in two wins against Chandler (18-6) and Cache (14-4). The Lady Indians hit eight home runs all told.

Down 6-2 against Chandler, the Lady Indians scored 11 runs in the third. Hayleigh Galvin's grand slam and a two-run home run by Kelsey Leach blew it open, then the Lady Indians finished it with five runs in the fourth for a run-rule win.

Three-run home runs by Galvin and Leach got Sequoyah a 9-1 lead in two innings against Cache, the defending champions in 5A.

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