SHAWNEE — Broken Bow played to its strengths and then some on Monday against Tahlequah at the Class 6A Slowpitch Softball State Tournament at Firelake Ballfields in Shawnee.
The top-ranked and top-seeded Lady Savages showcased their usual power, swatting seven home runs, but it was a stellar outing from their pitcher, Kamryn Gentry, that was the biggest difference in their 11-1 win.
Gentry allowed just one earned run on six hits over six innings and had two strikeouts. She was also the top slugger, belting three of Broken Bow’s home runs and knocking in a team-best five runs.
Tahlequah, who finishes its season at 21-15 and ranked eighth under first-year head coach Chris Ray, had just one extra-base hit — a double to start the contest from McKenna Wofford. Wofford later drove in the Lady Tigers’ lone run on a single to left in the sixth inning that scored Savannah Wiggins.
Tahlequah’s two biggest offensive threats in the middle of lineup were held in check by Gentry. Seniors Emily Sampson and Lanie Sanders were hitless in combined six trips to the plate. Sampson entered with a .650 batting average, 30 homers and 77 RBIs, and Sanders was hitting .581 with 23 homers and 72 runs driven in.
Morgan Wofford, Shelby Hensley, Lexi Hannah and Wiggins each had singles for Tahlequah.
Broken Bow, who extended its winning streak to 27 games, finished with 16 hits. Shelby Sharrock, Jules Callaham and Gentry had three hits apiece and both homered twice.
The Lady Savages got all they would need from their lineup in the opening frame with three runs, all of which came with two outs — Gentry smacked a two-run homer to left, and Callaham followed with a solo shot to right.
Broken Bow went up 7-0 with four runs in the fifth, highlighted by solo home runs from Sharrock and Gentry, and later a two-run single to left field by Destiny Baugus.
The Lady Savages completed the run rule with their final four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Sharrock and Callaham had solo homers, and Gentry added a two-run homer to left.