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May 2, 2013

Tahlequah's offense disappears at state tournament

State softball notebook

Tahlequah ended the regular season with 583 hits. That averages out to roughly 14.9 hits per contest.

On Wednesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Class 6A No. 2 Tahlequah only came up with six. That resulted in a 5-3 loss to eighth-ranked Broken Arrow.

Not a single Tahlequah player finished with multiple hits in the Lady Tigers' season finale. In fact, it took Tahlequah until the fourth inning to make it all the way through its lineup.

"We swung at more bad pitches today than we have the entire year," Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said. "Against teams that make every play, you can't do that."

Broken Arrow finished with nine hits.

Rankings redo?

Only two teams entered the 6A state tournament with two losses. That was Tahlequah and Broken Arrow.

Every other team in the field sported at least four losses.

So, should it have even been a Tahlequah-Broken Arrow matchup in the first round?

"No, it shouldn't," Cloud said, "and that's the problem with okrankings (website used for high school rankings). I told people all along that Broken Arrow was the second- or third-best team in the state. That's what happens when you vote with your ego, instead of voting like you're supposed to vote. But, that's just part of it."

Broken Arrow coach Randall King was less definitive with his answer.

"It's one of those things where everyone now is real good," he said. "It doesn't matter who you play, they're good enough to beat you. Both of these teams were good, and so were the other six teams."

Critical call

In the seventh inning, Tahlequah's Whitney Wright doubled home Kortney Dry to cut Broken Arrow's lead to two. However, Wright pushed her luck and was tagged out at third base when trying to turn a double into a triple.

That sparked an argument between Cloud and one of the field umpires.

"I thought the tag was up around Whitney's chest, and from where I was at, I thought she bobbled the ball," Cloud said. "But I knew he had an ego when he admitted (that he missed a call earlier in the game), but wasn't going to overturn it. He admitted it to me. But I knew from the get-go, he wasn't going to look bad all game. That's the game."

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