Choctaw uses big in­ning to move on


Choctaw coach Lind­sey Mud­gett no­ticed her play­ers’ nerves early and re­al­ized why.

It had been two years since the Yel­low­jack­ets were in the Class 6A soft­ball state tour­na­ment. Most of the play­ers had no ex­pe­ri­ence at Hall of Fame Sta­dium.

It was go­ing to take some time to ad­just, but when that hap­pened Choctaw took off in a 4-1 win over Sand Springs in the state quar­ter­fi­nals Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

“We made ad­just­ments late and it paid off,” Mud­gett said.

Choctaw scored four runs in the fourth be­hind Jai­dyn Stevens’ run-scor­ing dou­ble, an RBI sin­gle by Kaiden Boren and tworun dou­ble from Pey­ton Norvelle.

That was more than enough for pitcher Josie Swaf­ford, who al­lowed three hits and a run over seven in­nings.

Choctaw faces Moore, which shut out Owasso 5-0, at 11 a.m. Fri­day.

Carl Al­bert routs Tahlequah

It took one pitch to mo­ti­vate Chenise Delce even more.

Carl Al­bert’s star pitcher was called for an il­le­gal pitch to open the Ti­tans’ 14-0 rout of Tahlequah. She could have been frus­trated as coach Colin White met with um­pires and got clar­i­fi­ca­tion that the pitch was in fact le­gal.

In­stead, she found more de­ter­mi­na­tion, a bad sign for Tahlequah.

“She is un­flap­pable,” White said. “You can’t tell whether or not she’s happy or sad, which is good. The op­pos­ing team doesn’t know if she’s locked in or strug­gling.”

Delce dom­i­nated Tahlequah for four per­fect in­nings. She struck out 11 of 12 bat­ters she faced. She also hit a two-run homer as part of the Ti­tans’ 10-run first in­ning.

“I just knew that we had to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing, so I saw the first­pitch strike and I swung,” Delce said.

The Ti­tans face Pryor at 11 a.m. Fri­day.

Tut­tle edges Bro­ken Bow

A throw­ing er­ror pro­pelled Class 4A defending cham­pion Tut­tle back to the semi­fi­nals.

With the game tied at 1 in the fifth, Tut­tle’s Kaylin Koelt­zow stole sec­ond and scored on an er­ror by catcher Jules Cal­la­ham.

Ok­la­homa com­mit­ment Macy McA­doo then fin­ished off the vic­tory by re­tir­ing six of the next seven bat­ters.

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