Little Axe coach Gerre Griffin feels comfortable when his team scores four runs.
“We've figured out ourselves if we can score four runs, we can beat a lot of people,” he said. “A lot of times we haven't been able to score enough runs and that's been a problem for us.”
The Indians are 9-18 and have 13 freshmen on their 25-player roster.
But Griffin doesn't see this as a rebuilding year for his team, which has won three straight state championships.
“That's what everybody says, but when you play at a program that's got a good history like this school's got, you expect to win every game,” he said.
In fact, he expects the Indians to make a deep run in the playoffs, which begin with districts against Crooked Oak.
“I can promise you, we're dangerous,” Griffin said. “We can beat people. I'm expecting us to go back to state. The girls are expecting to go back to state, too.”
WAGGONER HAS BIG WEEK FOR CARL ALBERT
Carl Albert senior first baseman Krista Waggoner continued her impressive season last week, going 10 for 15 at the plate with three triples, four RBIs and four runs to lead the Titans to the championship of their own tournament.
“She's been unconscious lately,” Carl Albert coach Colin White said. “Just a bunch of triples; just not making outs at all.”
A few of those triples last week could have easily been homers, White said. But the Titans play in a big ballpark, and Waggoner's drives instead hit the wall.
Carl Albert is now 22-1, putting the Titans atop District 5A-4 as the playoffs near.
TUTTLE PITCHING LEADING THE WAY
Class 4A No. 2 Tuttle has won eight straight games, and the development of its young pitching staff is a good reason.
“I think a big part of it is our pitching, but it's our teamwork,” Tuttle coach Jennifer White said. “They're really starting to communicate and work together, so I think that's a very important, too.”
The Tigers have been leaning on the trio of Bailee Saye, Kylee Robinett and Macy Spear in the circle.
In White's first full season as head coach, the Tigers have bonded and it's shown on the field with a 17-4 record.
“It's definitely different for me being able to get to learn the girls and kind of grow with them,” White said. “Whereas last year, I came in and didn't know anything about them. It's definitely different.”