State slowpitch softball notebook: Red Oak holds on; Rattan repeats

Red Oak defeated Leedey to win the Class A title, while Rattan defeated Fletcher to repeat as Class 3A state champion.
BY JASON KERSEY Published: May 2, 2012
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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.

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