SHAWNEE — Southmoore freshman Lindsey Stoeckel made a rookie mistake early Tuesday.
As she watched her home run sail over the left-field fence in the SaberCats’ 12-5 victory over Broken Arrow in the Class 6A slowpitch softball state quarterfinals, she missed first base and was forced to turn around and touch first before completing her home run trot.
Well, she insists she never did.
Nevertheless, it was a comical start to her fantastic day as she helped No. 1 Southmoore rally through three games to win its first slowpitch state title with a 14-8 victory over Tahlequah at The Ballfields at Firelake.
“I did not miss first,” Stoeckel said. “My foot went over it, but I dragged my back foot over it. It was just to be safe to go back, but I hit the base. Coach (Jeff) Small is never going to let me live that one down, but it’s OK.”
Stoeckel hit two homers on the day and went 2 for 4 in the title game, an impressive day even for a freshman.
“She’s a tremendous player as a freshman,” Southmoore head coach Jason Lingo said.
Southmoore (32-5) also won the fastpitch championship on October, displaying a dominance the youngest Moore school has been searching for since it opened.
It’s also important for the school after nearly one year of recovery following the devastating May 20 tornado.
“It’s hard to put into words after everything we’ve been through for the last year,” Lingo said. “It’s been brutal, but these are special kids. A lot of us were affected by a lot of different things, but they never let it bother them.