MOORE — It’s hard to do something in the Moore softball program that hasn’t been done before. With arguably the richest softball tradition in the state, Moore has had its fair share of memorable seasons from individuals and teams. But nothing can quite compare to the video-game-like numbers senior outfielder Leslie Martini put up in earning The Oklahoman’s All-City Slowpitch Softball Player of the Year honor. Moore coach Robert Wakefield asked the girls to hit the weight room for the first time as a team during the off-season. Martini said the team wasn’t very enthused about the idea but came around to it. Success followed, and the numbers speak for themselves. After having zero home runs as a junior, Martini hit a school-record 22 and drove in 78 runs. Her batting average of .656 was among the best in the state, and Moore reached the Class 6A state semifinals and finished 31-2. "I never saw this type of season coming from her,” Wakefield said. "This game just comes so naturally to her, and she put it all together.” Martini went from having no home runs to losing track midway through the season because she was hitting so many. The previous school record was 15 by Chelsea Garcia. Martini decided to play slowpitch for the first time last season, saying she wanted to play for the school again with all her friends. "It was a lot more fun than I thought it would be,” Martini said. "Fastpitch is such an aggressive game. You still want to win in slowpitch, but it’s more relaxed and you have more fun.” Martini will attend Cameron University in Lawton, and Wakefield said the school has received a steal in getting someone as talented as Martini. Joining Martini at Cameron will be a trio from Choctaw: infielder Jessica Orr, outfielder Amanda Karth and catcher Shelby Meadows. "I really liked my visit. The campus is small, but the coaching staff and atmosphere was nice. I hope I can be a part of something special,” Martini said.
Player of the Year
LESLIE MARTINI, Moore→Class: Senior →Position: Outfielder →The story: Finished with 22 home runs, 78 RBIs and had a batting average of .656 and helped lead Moore to state semifinals. COACH OF THE YEAR CASEY BREWER, Bethel
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