Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

October 18, 2013

Big blast

O’Donnell’s home run sends Tahlequah into 5A semifinals.

SHAWNEE — Kelis Gore had stayed away from Randee O’Donnell all day. Then Chickasha’s pitcher accidentally missed her spot on the most important pitch of the day.

O’Donnell served a Gore pitch over the center field wall for a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, breaking a 2-all tie and sending Tahlequah to a 5-2 victory over Chickasha in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament in Shawnee.

“She had been feeding me outside all night,” O’Donnell said, “and she served me one down the middle and I took the opportunity. As soon as I hit it, I knew it was over.”

Chickasha (28-6) got a runner on in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Tahlequah pitcher Morgan Tarrance got Tristen Watkins to line out to second base to end the game.

Tahlequah will take on Carl Albert in the semifinals today at 2 p.m. at The Ball Fields at Firelake.

Chickasha struck first with two runs in the second inning, courtesy of a walk to Amanda Bradford and an error on Tahlequah catcher Whitney Wright. Bradford scored on Tori Smith’s fielder’s choice ground out, and Smith came across to score on Madison Snyder’s ground out.

From there, Tarrance shut Chickasha down. The Lady Fighting Chicks threatened with runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth inning, but Sndyer grounded out to Tarrance to end the inning.

Tahlequah (37-4) cut into Chickasha’s lead in the third inning when Marisa Girdner scored on an error when O’Donnell’s ground ball was booted by Chickasha shortstop Brighton Gilbert.

Scoring again in the fourth inning, Tahlequah plated the tying run when Caitlin Chuculate scored on O’Donnell’s sacrifice fly with one out.

O’Donnell finished the day one for three with five runs batted in. Obvioulsy, none bigger than the three came across to score on her three-run blast in the waning minutes.

“Randee did what big players do,” Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said.

Tahlequah pounded Gore for 11 hits, including two apiece by Girdner, Wright, Kirsten Chase and Kortney Dry.

“I knew in BP (batting practice) today at Dale (High School), we were locked in,” Cloud said.

Tarrance picked up the pitching victory, logging seven solid innings of three-hit ball. The junior hurler walked three and struck out one.

“Morgan did a great job,” Cloud said. “She had been here two times before and didn’t get to pitch, but she came today and (did her job).”

With the win, Tahlequah avenged its first-round loss to Chickasha in the first round of the state tournament last year.

Class 5A state tournament

Thursday

Tahlequah 5, Chickasha 2

Deer Creek 3, Collinsville 2

Carl Albert 8, MacArthur 1

Claremore 3, Duncan 0

Friday

Deer Creek vs. Claremore, noon.

Tahlequah vs. Carl Albert, 2 p.m.

Saturday

Championship game, 1:30 p.m.

1
Text Only
Sports
Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Stocks