Little Axe pitcher Andee Frazier sprinted to home plate and hugged catcher Reagan McDoulett. She'd just thrown the strike that sealed a 1-0 win for the No. 1-ranked Indians against No. 5 Washington (24-15) at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Frazier fanned 12 and allowed just one hit in seven innings Friday afternoon. She's struck out 23 batters in the state tournament.
“No words can express how I feel right now,” she said. “I'm so happy to finally be back in the finals. I'm overwhelmed.”
Frazier said she's dreamed of playing in a state championship game since she first picked up a softball. She'll receive her third opportunity when Little Axe plays for the Class 3A state title at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at ASA against Sequoyah-Tahlequah.
Little Axe (27-10) won the Class 4A state title in 2010 and the Class 3A state title in 2011. Frazier said the chance to win a third straight title is an opportunity she never thought she'd have.
“It's huge to us,” Frazier said. “It means a lot to me, a lot to our community, a lot to our team — it's a huge deal.”
Little Axe coach Mike Bread hugged each of his players after the game and gushed about his senior pitcher's performance.