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.