Since the early 1990s, few teams can say they have a better softball tradition than Dewar, especially in the slowpitch game. The Dragons have won 15 district championships and had been to the state tournament 10 times since 1993. However, that championship always eluded them. Not anymore, as the 11th time was the charm. Dewar came from behind late to earn its first title with an 8-5 win against Barnsdall in the Class 3A championship Tuesday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. "This feels incredible,” junior pitcher Whitney Jefferson said. "I’m just so proud of how hard we worked and stayed together.” Dewar came in ranked No. 9 but showed early in the day that it came to play, knocking off No. 1-ranked Fletcher in the quarterfinals. The Dragons carried that momentum to a 16-6 win against third-ranked Wilson and showed how far they’ve come as a team in the finals. Dewar trailed fifth-ranked Barnsdall 4-1 heading into the fifth inning, and where other Dewar teams had faltered, this one woke up. "We’re not losers. We’re not chokers,” coach Jason Herring said. "We felt we’ve been a little snake-bitten in the past and haven’t believed in each other. These girls did believe and fought for each other.” Junior Alesha Hill drove in two runs, including what turned out to be the game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning. Dewar scored three in the seventh to break a 5-5 tie.
Konawa 14, Colbert 4Konawa left little doubt all day about who the best team in Class 4A was. The Tigers scored 15, 17 and 14 runs in their three victories to earn their first state championship since 2003. Konawa’s first seven batters reached and scored in the first inning of the championship as the Tigers notched 10 in the frame and never looked back. Ciara Kuestersteffen had four hits, including a home run, while Melanie Gladden, Sydney Stoup and Chelsey Patterson all had three hits in the championship for Konawa.
Moss 10, Hammon 3Junior Alisha Madden has come up with big hits for Moss her whole career, so it was no shock she came through when the Pirates needed it most. Madden hit a two-run triple with the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning to propel Moss to the Class A state championship. Madden had two hits and drove in three runs to help give Moss back-to-back championships.
Sentinel 14, Fort Cobb-Broxton 8Sentinel scored six runs in the sixth inning to break up a 7-7 game to earn its first state championship. Junior Alison Henderson had three hits and scored three times, while junior Kristan Rhoades had four hits and scored twice. Sentinel led 7-2 in the second, but the Mustangs, last year’s champions, rallied to tie it entering the sixth.