Despite a 2-1 loss to Oologah in the Class 4A semifinals, Tuttle softball coach Jenn White was happy to get a chance to coach her alma mater in the playoffs.
Jerry Bates stepped down as coach of the Tigers three weeks ago, and White was promoted from the middle school ranks. White was a two-time All American at Tuttle and part of Tuttle's three championship teams from 1994-96.
“I love it, I love coaching,” White said. “Was it a dream? I don't know. I never thought I'd be coaching back in the day and here I am, coaching. But this is the best part. I got to come in, in playoffs. This is the best part of the season. So as far as that, I'm real happy. Didn't expect it but I'm happy. I had a great time.”
White was asked if there had been any discussion to whether or not she would return. She said it's still up in the air.
MOORE RIDES BIG SIXTH INNING
Moore used three sixth-inning runs to advance to the Class 6A final, defeating Broken Arrow 3-0.
Sophomore Kristen Prieto and seniors Jazmine White and Qiana Harrison were the offensive heroes for the Lions, while Jenna Lynn struck out five in the shutout.
“What we did was, just kind of kept moving the ball around," Moore coach Stephanie Riley said. “Jenna Lynn, she is definitely the pinnacle of our team. She does her job and she knows the offense is going to pull through for her. We just got base runners on. It ended up that Broken Arrow walked in the first run, then we kind of just kept putting the ball in play, putting the ball in play and the girls were ready and we ended up beating them 3-0.”
Moore takes on Edmond North at 4 p.m. Saturday in the 6A final.
PIEDMONT CRUSHES CACHE
Piedmont advanced to the Class 4A final with a 12-0 route of Cache in six innings. Piedmont plays Oologah in the final at 11 a.m.
Emma Nelson, Michelle Brandon, Jordan Chism, Maddie Morris, Kylie Palmer and Kassidy Scott all had two runs each for Piedmont.
NORTH'S OFFENSE ROLLS IN VICTORY
Edmond North's hitters were at their best in their semifinal game against Yukon, as the Huskies scored five runs in the first inning and nine overall in a 9-4 win.
“We like our chances, I promise you,” North coach Rick Nordyke said. “With our two pitchers that we have, if we get nine runs, we like our chances.”
Juniors Sheridan Bond, Paige Bond and Madison Nordyke each contributed two runs in the victory.
DEER CREEK RALLY FALLS SHORT
After digging a six-run hole heading into the bottom of the 7th inning, the light flickered on for the Deer Creek offense.
The Antlers rallied to score four runs in the final inning to pull within two with a runner on base. But he late surge wasn't enough as they fell to Chickasha 7-5 in the 5A semifinals.
“I just feel like all year long we've been able to come from behind and they have a 'never say die' attitude,” Deer Creek head coach Erin Regier said. “They proved it there at the very end. We've always told them never to give up on themselves and they don't.”
Grove advanced to the Class 5A final with a 7-4 win over Carl Albert. Grove takes on Chickasha in the final at 1:30 p.m.