Andee Frazier ended a remarkable pitching career for Little Axe with another remarkable performance on the mound Saturday.
Little Axe downed Sequoyah-Tahlequah, 1-0, to win the Class 3A state fastpitch softball championship at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, a place that must feel like a second home to Frazier.
She fanned 15 hitters, giving her a total of 38 strikeouts in the Lady Indians' three state tournament wins and 354 for the season.
Frazier allowed just one run in the state tournament as Little Axe won its third consecutive state title. Frazier was on the mound for each of them.
The senior right-hander was 9-0 in state tournament games and finished her high school career with a 92-13 pitching record.
Little Axe is a three-time defending champion because of Frazier.
“The greatest thing about Andee is that she knows that and she takes it so well,” Little Axe coach Mike Bread said.
“She involves all of her teammates and she doesn't ever make just Andee. She makes it the whole community. She makes it the team.”
Sequoyah-Tahlequah starter Jessie Bluebird and reliever Katie Phillips matched Frazier for 6 2/3 innings Saturday until Little Axe scratched out a run in the bottom of the seventh.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Reagan McDoulett bounced a two-hopper up the middle that second baseman Taylor Thompson backhanded.
Thompson was close enough to step on the bag for the final out of the inning, but her underhand toss to the shortstop was dropped. Freshman Amy Allen crossed the plate with the winning run for Little Axe on the error.
“She just tried to flip it late,” Sequoyah-Tahlequah coach Jeff Turtle said. “She had time to step on the bag. It got dropped because they were so close. One mistake cost us. They didn't make one and we did.”
Sequoyah-Tahlequah rarely threatened to score against Frazier, advancing runners to second base only three times in the game.
Allen erased Sequoyah-Tahlequah's best scoring opportunity in the second inning. The freshman right fielder gunned down Sequoyah-Tahlequah's Rhanda Walker going from first to third on a one-hop throw to Little Axe third baseman Aubree Branch.
“Perfect throw,” Turtle said. “We took a chance right there.”
However, it was Frazier who did the heavy lifting as usual for Little Axe, allowing just five base runners in the game on two hits and three walks.
“She gets you to chasing the high pitch,” Turtle said. “And she has been here three years now. She doesn't get rattled much. If you keep chasing and chasing, she is going to keep throwing it up there, and we did.”
Bread said Frazier has great movement on her pitches.
“She is really smart about how much speed to put on the ball to get the optimum movement,” he said. “We know we have a chance to win every time we get on the field with Andee. We just got to find someway to score a run.”
One run was all Little Axe needed Saturday to hoist the championship trophy for a third straight time.
“People depend on me,” said Frazier, who plans to pitch for the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “I told myself I have been in the position two times before so it's nothing new, just get through it.
“I would have never thought (three years ago) that I would have been a three-time state champion. It's a great surprise, but it's awesome. They are all pretty sweet, but being my senior year and finishing out on top, it just feels amazing.”