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May 2, 2012

Hulbert's state tourney trip short-lived

OKLAHOMA CITY — Class 4A No. 2 Colbert nickel and dimed Hulbert early on to produce an early lead. Then, the flood gates opened as Colbert ran away with an easy victory in the Class 4A state tournament.

The Lady Leopards exploded for two runs in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and two in the sixth to dispatch of Hulbert at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City.

"Like they say about this game: it's whoever is hot that day," Hulbert coach David Young said. "Hats off to Colbert, they were hot today and we made some uncharacteristic mistakes."

Hulbert's lone run before the seventh inning came when Lindsay Hutson scored on a throwing error by Colbert's Kaitlyn Krob at first base.

Hulbert's final three runs came in the seventh inning when the Lady Riders drew four straight walks to add some cosmetic work to the final score.

Hulbert's downfall was shaky defense.

"I attribute a lot of that to the wind," Young said of the gusts that were whipping out of the south.

The Lady Riders also mustered only five hits on offense.

"We didn't get the hits that I thought we were going to get," Young said. "But you know, I never thought we were out of it."

Still, for a team that was in the depths of the 4A polls to start the season, to make the state tournament was an accomplishment by itself, according to Young.

"We started out the season ranked 42nd," Young said. "And last time I checked, we were seventh. I can't complain."

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