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High school softball: Barnsdall wins Class 2A slowpitch title

The Panthers outslug Soper 17-11 to win a state title for the first time in 59 years under Gilbert.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: April 30, 2013

/articleid/3805055/1/pictures/2040788">Photo - Rattan celebrates the 3A slow-pitch softball championship between Apache and Rattan championship at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium  in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Rattan celebrates the 3A slow-pitch softball championship between Apache and Rattan championship at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Apache pitcher Kylie Zenobi needed one more out to get out of the inning, but Ashton Birchfield single and Brenna House singled. Rattan had an explosive seventh inning, including two in-the-park home runs by Kenya Griffith and Kaci Watts.

“That's my niece,” Rams coach Paul Watts said. “She always told me how she wanted to hit a home run. All I was thinking (when she was rounding the bases) was that she's going to get an inside-the-park home run on her final at-bat of the state tournament.

 “That's sweet.”

LEEDEY TRIMS RED OAK

 Leedey coach Terry Maxwell won his third slowpitch title when the Bison beat Red Oak 8-6 in the Class A state finals.

Leedey spent the first two innings hitting the ball deep, but it started putting balls down in the infield. Three straight singles in the fourth inning and five straight in the fifth inning allowed the Bison to score three and four runs, respectively.

“They've been off to a slow start all season,” Maxwell said.

But he was pleased with his team's adjustments.

Leedey lost to Red Oak during the regular-season, 16-4.

 

“That's just slowpitch softball,” Maxwell said. “Sometimes you hit the run rule and sometimes you win.”


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