SHAWNEE — When Carl Albert's Abby Meador was pitching in the 2011 state tournament, she was generally unable to pitch past the fifth inning.
That wasn't an issue for her Saturday, as she did not allow a hit during the Titans' 13-0 run-rule victory of Deer Creek to win the Class 5A championship.
“I have come a long way and my pitching coach has a lot to do with that,” Meador said. “I'm just glad we finished it like this.”
The title is Carl Albert's fifth in fastpitch and first since that 2011 season.
Meador, who has committed to Oklahoma City University, struck out seven and walked five, overcoming a strike zone the Titans felt was small.
“It was a tough zone, but she kept battling and kept working and stayed with it,” Carl Albert coach Colin White said. “She's come a long ways since she was a freshman.
“That would have bothered her when she was a freshman if she wasn't getting strikes like she wasn't getting today, but she's come a long ways, matured and has great stuff.”
The Titans, who finished the season with a 34-1 record, scored early and never let up.
Senior shortstop Morgan Heard opened the game with a leadoff homer against Deer Creek's Emily Watson. The Titans then added one more run in the second, chasing Watson briefly.
In the third, though, the rout started.
Carl Albert scored eight runs on both freshman Molly Mabry and Watson, taking advantage of four errors for an 11-0 lead.
“We've been to several so we know in a state championship game, crazy things happen so you've got to keep scoring,” White said. “You never know what's going to happen and they were relentless.”
RIDDLE, HILLDALE BLANK BETHEL
Hilldale junior Destiny Riddle nearly completed a no-hitter for the second straight day and the top-ranked Hornets rolled past No. 6 Bethel 7-0 to win the Class 4A championship for the first time in school history.
Bethel (27-12) broke up the no-hitter in the seventh with a two-out double by Mikayla Whitten, but Riddle then got Kim Herren to ground out to shortstop Casady Mills for the final out.
“We didn't ever solve (her),” Bethel coach Tommy Block said. “Never did. We knew what we were supposed to do, but we didn't do it.”
Hilldale (35-5) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run triple by Sarah Hughey, who later homered in the fourth inning.
The play, though, was controversial after Bethel appeared to turn a double play to end the inning ahead of Hughey, but the catch by second baseman Shelby Miller was ruled a trap and the inning continued.
Riddle finished with 10 strikeouts for the Hornets, who do not have any seniors this season.
“It's overwhelming,” she said. “I can't even express how happy I am right now.”