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High school softball notebook: Hinton takes tough road to 3A state title

By Michael Stewart, For The Oklahoman Published: May 7, 2014
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photo - Hinton celebrates after beating Barnsdall to win the Class 3A state slow-pitch softball championship at the Ballfields at Firelake in Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Hinton celebrates after beating Barnsdall to win the Class 3A state slow-pitch softball championship at the Ballfields at Firelake in Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

It can be argued that the Hinton Comets had the toughest road to a state championship.

They defeated Healdton 8-4 in the quarterfinals. And then Hinton pulled off its most impressive victory in the Class 3A semifinal, knocking off 2013 Class 4A champion Tushka 9-5.

In the 3A championship game, Barnsdall managed to rally twice to tie the game. But Karly Murray’s two-RBI single helped the Comets to a 6-4 victory and give coach Jarrod Hohmann his first state championship in his 13-year career.

Hohmann talked about the road Hinton had to take Wednesday afternoon.

“I knew it was a tough route,” the coach said. “Tushka is a good ball club. They’ve been the best team in 3A all season. We played really well, and we were solid all day. The defense only made three or four errors, and I think that we were the best team defensively today. That’s what it takes to be good in this game. You better be good defensively, and make those timely hits.”

Murray talked about her game winning hit.

“I had been hitting bad all game,” she said. “But, I just came through for the team and got the runs. It was difficult, but the task was done.”

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