Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

August 23, 2013

Tourney trouncing

Tahlequah shuts out county rival Keys to go 3-0 on opening day of local tournament.

bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

Tahlequah has needed some late-inning heroics to prevail in games this week. Such was not the case against Keys on Thursday.

Tahlequah pelted out 14 hits — seven in the final inning — and breezed to a 17-0 blowout of Keys at Lady Tiger Field on the first day of the Tahlequah/Northeastern State University tournament.

“We keep starting in the seventh inning,” said Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud, whose team has picked up a pair of one-run victories this week by scoring in seventh inning.

“I think if we take it to somebody early, we can (take control) from the get-go. We just haven’t; we haven’t found ourselves while hitting.”

Tahlequah (10-0) used a big assist from Keys (3-5) in the opening frame to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Keys third baseman Jaylee Young committed back-to-back errors to start the game, and Tahlequah’s Whitney Wright, Randee O’Donnell and Kirsten Chase capitalized. Wright drove in Marisa Girdner, O’Donnell smacked a triple down the left-field line to score Wright, and Chase followed with a run-scoring single to left-center field.

What followed for Tahlequah — who was ranked No. 1 in Class 5A before rankings were taken down on OSSAArankings.com — was a two-run third inning, highlighted by Lainey Wallace’s sacrifice fly.

Tahlequah notched a single run in both the fourth and sixth innings before exploding for 10 in the final inning.

Solid from start to finish was Tahlequah pitcher Morgan Tarrance. The junior hurler — after losing a no-hit bid in the fifth inning — went the distance, throwing 85 pitches (56 for strikes) in seven shutout innings, which included six strikeouts and one walk.

“She did a great job today,” Cloud said of Tarrance, whose team also beat Locust Grove (8-0) and McAlester (3-2) earlier in the day.

“She won three games, and she came in in a tough situation against McAlester. She’s kind of settling into her role there.”

Tagged with the loss for Keys was Jasi Stopp, who lasted five innings before being lifted for Young. Stopp allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Keys will take on Piedmont (2:30 p.m. at Tahlequah High School) and Locust Grove (4 p.m. at Northeastern State) today. Tahlequah — with both games at home — will challenge Piedmont at 1 p.m. and Henryetta at 4.

“Two tough ones (on Friday),” Cloud said. “I think that will be our two toughest games. I think if we pitch and play defense, I think we’ll scratch a few runs out.”

Text Only
High School Sports
  • Lamons-main.jpg Tahlequah wrestler Hestin Lamons adds to memorable season with All-State triumph

    Hestin Lamons’ fitness regiment has been a grueling one this summer. It paid off in a big way at the All-State wrestling dual on Wednesday night.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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

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
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane 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
Stocks