After going 2-2 against No. 1 Southmoore during the regular season, No. 3 Westmoore is hoping it gets another shot in the championship game Tuesday during the Class 6A state slowpitch softball tournament.
“That would be what we would like to do,” Westmoore coach Steve Schwartz said. “Me and (Southmoore coach Jason) Lingo are good buddies, so we would sure enjoy that. That would be great.”
The matchup can only happen in the title game, though.
Westmoore opens Tuesday at The Ballfields at Firelake in Shawnee at 10 a.m. against defending champion Tulsa Union, while top-seeded Southmoore opens at 2:30 p.m. against Broken Arrow.
The Jaguars are led by senior pitcher Destinie Lookout, who has signed with Oklahoma. She is hitting an incredible .747 with 31 home runs and 86 RBIs.
“She can hit them home runs, but her average is so much better this year,” Schwartz said. “When that wind is blowing in and stuff, last year she just popped out. This year she’s hitting line drives down the line instead of popping out.”
Southmoore, meanwhile, is being led by sophomore Arielle James, who is hitting .542 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs.
BETHEL TRYING TO FORGET FASTPITCH
After coming up short during the fastpitch season in the championship game, Bethel coach Casey Brewer admits his team is looking for some redemption.
“I think falling short in the fall probably gives the kids a little more hunger to finish it off because we did come up short,” he said. “We’ve still got a bad taste in our mouth from that.”
The top-seeded Wildcats open the Class 5A tournament at 10 a.m. Tuesday against Henryetta.
They are being led by the trio of Bry Flanagan, Montana Price and Riley Steward.
Nearly all of last year’s state champions return this week hoping to repeat.
Class 6A defending champion Tulsa Union returns and is ranked No. 6. Class 5A defending champion Cache is also back along with Class 4A champion Tushka, Class 2A champion Barnsdall and Class A champion Leedey.
Tushka and Barnsdall, however, are both now in Class 3A, which is guaranteed a new champion with three-time defending champion Rattan not making the tournament.
The tournaments also feature five champions from fastpitch with Southmoore, Washington, Dale, Davenport and Red Oak.