By Ryan Horton
Following rain delays last week the Class 6A State Slow Pitch Tournament was rescheduled for Monday.
After some troublesome spring weather, Choctaw High School took to the field Monday with gold on their mind.
Choctaw’s slow pitch softball team entered the May 9 state tourney with a 10 a.m. game against No. 6-ranked Bixby at the USA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The Lady Yellowjackets hammered Bixby, 17-7.
CHS connected for 17 hits to produce 17 runs.
Bella Butler had a homer, and was credited four RBIs, while Molly Emerson had three hits and four RBIs.
Jaylynn Freer and Harper Grice each had two RBIs.
Brooke Curry, Saige Bacon, Lily West and Kaydrian Fields also put their bats to work in the onslaught.
The win over Bixby advanced CHS to a 1 p.m. semifinal with No. 8 Mustang who had earlier bested second-ranked Broken Arrow.
The Lady Jackets blew by the Lady Broncos in dominant fashion, 31-18.
Choctaw moved to a final with top-ranked Southmoore that had taken wins over No. 10 Owasso and fourth-ranked Moore to open the tourney.
Southmoore put up three runs to open the first inning, but Choctaw immediately answered taking a 4-3 advantage after the first.
Southmoore put up four more in the top of the third off of an RBI by Riley Sharp and a 3-run play by Tallen Edwards to retake the lead, 7-4.
Butler responded by hitting her second homerun of the game to make it a 7-5 game after three.
Southmoore found their rhythm in the next inning hammering in seven unanswered runs to double up their score making it 14-5 going into the fifth inning.
After five innings, Choctaw’s Lady Jackets would fall, 17-7.
This was the second time this season Sabercats took a 10-point win over Choctaw.
CHS took home silver in Class 6A, and went 26-8 on the year including four 1-point losses and a 2-point decision.
Choctaw High School secured a second-place finish at the Class 6A Slow Pitch State Championship May 9 at USA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The Lady Yellowjackets blasted No. 6 Bixby and No. 8 Mustang before the spring season came to an end with a loss to Southmoore in the state final.
Choctaw finished the year as state runner-up and 26-8 overall.
Seniors Lily West and Preslee Irwin were named to the All-State team.