By MATT REYNOLDS
Sequoyah High School’s fast-pitch softball team faced off against Henryetta in the semi-finals of the state tournament Friday and beat Henryetta 10-5 to advance to the state championship game.
The Lady Indians take on Washington at 1:15 p.m. in Shawnee at the Fire Lake Softball Complex.
“Normally our girls are really calm, but today, I could just see it in them – they were really ready to play and they came out and showed it,” said coach Jeff Turtle.
Sequoyah jumped to a three-run lead off of Symphioni Shomo’s home run in the first inning. Shomo logged a phenomenal game against Henryetta, but the Knights fought back in the third and fourth innings, scoring runs each in each inning to take a 4-3 lead.
In the fifth, Henryetta tacked on another run to make it 5-3. In the top of the sixth, Hayleigh Galvan hit a solo home run for Sequoyah to make it 5-4 going into the seventh and final inning.
“The girls never got down. Even though we went into the seventh inning down one they did not back down,” Turtle said.
Hayleigh Galvan would have a even bigger hit when she came up in the top of the seventh inning. With Sequoyah down 5-4 and the bases loaded, she knocked a double off the wall, scoring three runners for the Lady Indians.
The Lady Indians tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning, breaking it open and making it 10-4 as the game headed to the bottom of the seventh. Henryetta scored a run in the bottom of the seventh, but that was it.
Turtle is optimistic about the Lady Indians’ chances against Washington tomorrow.
“We just have to keep playing well and capitalizing when our base runners get on,” he said.
Washington has a strong pitcher in the circle that Sequoyah will face tomorrow.
“She moves the ball around exceptionally well and has a great curve ball to complement her fastballl,” Turtle said. “We will be ready to go again tomorrow. Our girls are really excited.”