“I just kept telling them to hit to the middle of the field,” DeLong said. “In the past four or five years, we've been here a few times. We were due.”
UNION ANSWERS BACK
All Tulsa Union coach Stephen Randall wanted his team to do was answer back.
After Broken Arrow rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third inning, Union came back in the fifth with eight runs and went on to win the Class 6A state title, beating Broken Arrow 16-6.
That eight-run inning is what Randall said he knows of his team.
“This is probably one of the best clubs we've had as far as singles,” he said. “We just hit the gaps and they rolled to the fence.”
Tulsa Union had nine hits, six of which were singles, in the top of the fifth inning. Then in the top of the sixth, after four singles, Mackenzie Ibison knocked a three-run inside-the-park home run.
“After that (fifth inning), it was like. ‘Keep going ladies,'” Randall said.
Randall, who has coached the program since its start 14 years ago, won his second slowpitch title. The first came in 2010. Then Tulsa Union was semifinalists in 2011 and then lost in the finals last year.
“Those girls remember it,” Randall said about being so close to a title last year. “It was so much better to watch them come back and fight and score.”
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM