Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

October 1, 2013

Tahlequah blanks Pryor in 5A-3 finale

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Kirsten Chase has played most of her high school softball career with contacts. They bothered her eyes, but she dealt with the discomfort.

“The contacts made my eyes hurt,” Tahlequah’s slugging second baseman admitted.

That prompted Chase to make a change. She opted to go with glasses.

Her black spectacles paid off on Monday as Chase smacked a pair of home runs in Tahlequah’s 8-0 victory over Pryor at Lady Tiger Field.

“I just got them last week,” Chase said of her glasses. “They come in handy.”

Chase said it took her a couple of days to get used to her glasses. She struggled in games against Claremore and Coweta at the end of last week.

She obviously found a comfort zone with the glasses to start off this week.

Chase smacked a three-run home run over the center field fence in the first inning to dampen Pryor’s spirits. Chase fouled off a pitch on a full count and then poked the ball to the biggest part of the field.

“I was way out ahead of it,” Chase said while recalling the at-bat. “Pop up, that’s the first thing that came to my mind.”

The ball kept drifting, though. And it didn’t come down until Pryor center fielder Bailee Hillman ran out of room.

Chase then capped off her performance with a two-run home run that stayed just inside the left-field foul pole. She knew she got all of that one.

“That felt like a solid hit,” said Chase, who finished with five runs batted in.

Whitney Wright did the rest of the heavy lifting for Tahlequah on offense. The senior catcher went four-for-four with three runs batted in and two runs scored. She drove in one run in the third inning on a double, and she followed with a two-run double in the fourth frame.

“We came out swinging it today,” said Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud, whose team recorded 10 hits. “(Nos.) one through five swung it really well, and we’ve got to get six, seven, eight and nine going again. Seven and eight were carrying us for the better part of the year, and we just have to finish that.”

Pryor’s offense never got on track because of Tahlequah pitcher Morgan Tarrance. Tahlequah’s junior hurler tossed a one-hit shutout on 77 pitches (50 for strikes). She also struck out eight and didn’t walk a single Pryor hitter.

“Morgan pitched great,” Cloud said. “We’ll look for her to do that in the playoffs.”

Speaking of, the postseason begins next week for both Tahlequah and Pryor. Tahlequah (30-3, 12-2 District 5A-3) had second place in 5A-3 sewn up, while Pryor (16-12, 8-6) was still competing with Collinsville for third in 5A-3.

“We’re just focused on getting ready for our regional; it had already been sewn up for us,” Cloud said. “But don’t anything away from (Pryor), they had everything to play for.”

Tahlequah will continue to prep for next week’s regional tournament by hosting Adair on Tuesday.

1
Text Only
High School Sports
  • Date set for Keys football physicals

    Before scheduled practices can begin in order to prepare for the season, players must first receive a physical.
    Next Tuesday, Aug. 5, Keys High School will be administering physicals in the high school cafeteria.

    July 31, 2014

  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • TAH-MORGAN.jpg Brett’s ball club

    Brett Morgan taking over as Tahlequah’s softball coach

    July 15, 2014 2 Photos

  • Morgan taking over as Tahlequah’s softball coach

    July 14, 2014

  • -1.tif Playing through pain

    Tahlequah's Chase Campbell playing football despite an injured shoulder

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • o'donnell3.jpg Randee repairs shoulder

    Former Tahlequah standout Randee O’Donnell has shoulder operation before starting college career

    July 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • OSSAA to coaches: No more criticism of officials

    June 27, 2014

  • Benson.jpg Former Tahlequah coach hired at Duncan

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you think "blue laws" related to Sunday alcohol sales in Oklahoma should be relaxed? Choose the option that most closely reflects your opinion.

Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars, and liquor stores should be open.
Alcoholic drinks should be sold Sundays in restaurants and bars only; liquor stores should stay closed.
Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
The law should remain as it is now; liquor stores should be closed, and drinks should be served on Sundays according to county option.
No alcohol should be sold or served publicly on Sundays.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Stocks