Westmoore's Alysa Phillips looked up at the scoreboard after the Jaguars finished off an 18-7, five-inning win Tuesday over Tulsa Union to take the Class 6A championship and shook her head.
“It's so surreal,” Phillips said. “I just keep asking myself, ‘Is this really happening?'
“This is the best moment of my life.”
Earlier in the day, Westmoore beat Tecumseh 13-9 and Moore 12-0 to advance to the finals at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Two years ago, Westmoore lost to the Redskins in the championship game.
Earlier this year, Union beat Westmoore 7-4.
Phillips kept her eye on the other results through the first two rounds, hoping for another shot at Union.
“The entire day, all day I'm thinking we want to play Union for the championship,” she said. “We expected it to go seven innings and be very close but that just shows how hard this team fought.”
Jaguars coach Steve Schwarz wasn't as convinced.
“I think there are other teams I would've liked to have seen,” Schwarz said. “They've got a great team. They're a class ballclub.”
Westmoore was in some trouble early when the Redskins scored five in the first, pounding out eight hits.
But the Jaguars fought back to tie it in the third, helped by a solo home run from Patty Padgett, before Union briefly regained the lead.
Westmoore also had a couple of close calls go against them, including a tight play at the plate in the second that wound up ending the inning on a double play and a double play on interference that ended the third.
“Everybody just stayed up after all of that,” Aliceia Gutierrez said. “We put everything aside and just got back to work.”
They did that by batting around in each of the fourth and fifth innings, scoring five in the fourth and seven in the fifth to set up the run-rule win.
“We were fed up with the bad calls and nothing going our way,” Phillips said. “We just started fighting.”
Phillips delivered the big hit in the fifth, a three-run home run. She finished 3 for 4 and scored three times.
Gutierrez was 4 for 5 with a pair of RBIs while Mariah Piece was 3 for 5 with four RBIs, including two on a first-inning home run.
“That's one that doesn't get enough credit,” Schwarz said of Gutierrez. “I didn't think before the year that she'd be our leadoff hitter but she did a great job for us.”
All but one Westmoore starter had an RBI.
“That's what's neat about this team,” Schwarz said. “It's tough to beat us because we have so many players that can hurt you.”