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High school softball: Western Heights off to strong start

by Jacob Unruh Published: September 3, 2014

Western Heights won just a dozen softball games all of last season.

Nearly a month into this season, the Jets are nearly past that total with an 11-8 record under new coach Tami Loy.

“They’re just getting out there and they’re battling through,” Loy said. “We’re not doing things perfect, but we’re staying with it and they’ve really bought into the process.”

Loy, who spent the past 15 seasons as Southwestern Oklahoma State’s coach, said she is getting strong play from her 10 seniors — including pitcher Miceala Escimila, catcher Aubrey Bigger and Brandy Piper. Shortstop Octavia Woodson was off to a great start as well, but suffered a broken hand last week.

Western Heights is currently second in District 5A-1 with a 6-3 record, but is coming off two straight losses to Piedmont.

PIEDMONT DEALING WITH CRAZINESS

Piedmont coach Rick Scott calls this season “crazy good and crazy bad.”

Four players were involved in a single-car wreck on Aug. 21 before the Wildcats played Chickasha in a big game. The driver of the car, Jourdan Edwards, returned to the game and delivered two crucial plays as Piedmont won 4-3.

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