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TECUMSEH – Heavener defeated Blanchard 18-5 in the loser’s bracket finals of a Class 5A slow pitch softball tournament and advance to the state tournament.
It will be Heavener’s first trip to state since the Lady Wolves finished second in 2018.
Heavener crushed Checotah in the opener, 20-7, before losing to Tecumseh, 14-4, in the winner’s bracket finals.
Heavener heads into the state tournament with a 29-8 record. The quarterfinals and finals will be played Tuesday at the Ballfields at Firelake in Shawnee with Wednesday’s championship game at the USA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
In the win over Blanchard, Destiny McGee and Cayleigh McGee both had five hits and a pair of home runs.
Cayleigh McGee had the two home runs and two doubles while going 5-5 with four runs and three RBI, Destiny McGee went 5-5 with five RBI and two runs, Rayannah Ward homered and doubled and was 4-5 with four runs and three RBI, Paige Crase homered and finished 2-5 with four RBI and a run, Haley Dean went 2-5 with a RBI and a run, Ava Cartwright had a 2-4 game with a run, Kinley Brand was 2-4 with a RBI and a run and McKinley Alexander finished 2-3 with two runs.
Heavener 18, Blanchard 5
HHS 3 4 0 3 2 0 6—18 24 1
BHS 0 0 0 1 3 0 1—5 12 2
The game between the Lady Wolves featured the second and third-ranked teams in the state. Tecumseh, ranked second, had a 7-4 lead before scoring seven times in the sixth inning to end the game.
The third-ranked Lady Wolves were hurt by eight errors.
Mariana Garcia was 2-2 for Heavener while Destiny McGee homered and went 1-2 with two RBI and a run.
Tecumseh 14, Heavener 4
HHS 0 0 2 2 0 0—4 7 8
THS 3 0 2 0 2 7—14 12 0
Against Checotah, Heavener trailed 3-2 after the first inning before scoring six runs in three straight innings to put the game away.
Cayleigh McGee homered and doubled while going 4-4 with six RBI and four runs, Destiny McGee had a grand slam and a double while going 3-3 with eight RBI and two runs, Ward doubled and had a 2-3 game with two runs and a RBI, Dean tripled and had a 2-3 outing with three RBI, Brand finished 2-3 with three runs and Crase doubled and was 1-4.
Heavener 20, Checotah 7
HHS 2 6 6 6—20 17 3
CHS 3 0 3 1—7 8 0