Red Oak was cruising in Wednesday's Class A state title game against Leedey.
Until the sixth inning.
The Eagles held on to win 8-6, claiming their first slowpitch softball title since 1992, but Leedey's four-run sixth, which brought them to within two runs of Red Oak, made things interesting late.
“There's always that one inning in a good championship softball game that you have to recover from,” said Red Oak coach Casey Butcher. “We've talked about it and preached it. They did a really good job.”
Wednesday's result was quite different from last year's Class A title game, which featured the same two teams. Leedey won that one 16-4 in four innings.
“We've been in the final and been on the doorstep for a long time,” Butcher said. “We played tight; we had a lot of monkeys on our back.”
RATTAN REPEATS AS 3A CHAMPION
Rattan battled back from early deficits to win its second straight Class 3A slowpitch softball state championship Wednesday in a 6-4 decision over Fletcher.
After two innings, Fletcher led 3-0. Entering the fourth, the defending champs were down 4-2.
But in the top of the fourth, Rattan scored three runs to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
With the win, Rattan became the only 2011 slowpitch champion in any class to successfully defend its title in 2012.