NORMAN — Southmoore senior Brittany James knew what she was getting into when she decided to transfer to the first-year school. She would be leaving Moore, a perennial softball power, to become the only senior on Southmoore’s slowpitch team. It wasn’t an easy decision for James, but she said she’s glad the way things worked out. "I loved being there (Southmoore). Everything was so new, and it was a fun experience.” James was back with Moore (Drew Wright, Leslie Martini, Holly Genzer) and Westmoore (Kayla McKinley, Taylir Ross) girls on Saturday as part of the Large West team in the Oklahoma Slowpitch Softball Coaches Association All-State game at the University of Oklahoma Softball Complex. "It’s exciting to be back with these girls. Some of them I had played with since tee-ball, so it was fun to be on the same team again,” James said. McKinley and Harrah’s Ali Manship each had four RBIs in the Large West’s 20-3 win. Martini and Ross also drove in two runs. With the transfer to Southmoore, came a change in expectations. Moore went undefeated and won the Class 6A state championship the year before. James knew the first-year school wasn’t going to contend for a state title. That wasn’t as important to James as much as enjoying her senior season. But in order to do so, she had to help her teammates understand how to relax and have fun in the slowpitch game. "You still want to win, but slowpitch is about trying to have fun,” James said. "Toward the end of the season, we had a lot of fun.” Southmoore went 13-12 and was eliminated in the regionals. James led the team with a .603 batting average and also had 22 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Now that the first year is complete, James said she is excited for the future of the Southmoore program. "They’re going to prove a lot of people wrong in the future,” James said. "There’s a lot of talent on the team, and now they have experience.”
Middle West 13 Middle East 9Morrison’s Adrian Henington hit a home run and the West had eight girls with RBI singles. Trailing 3-0, the West scored five in the third and then broke open an 8-7 game with a four-run eighth. Colbert’s Rachelle Reeve had a home run for the East.
Small East 14 Small West 7Kenetta Vickery of Cameron hit a two-run home run while Red Oak’s Sarah Mauzey had three hits to pace the East win. Sentinel’s Tricia Dye led the West with three hits.