Rams advance to state tournament semifinals
BY ED GODFREY NewsOK.com
Friday, October 14, 2011
10/14/11 at 6:09 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Hannah Stirton's baserunning and Nicole Nease's defense propelled Owasso into the semifinals of the Class 6A fastpitch softball state tournament at Hall of Fame Stadium with a 5-3 win over No. 8 Edmond North Thursday.
Owasso entered the fourth inning down 1-0. After tying the score, the No. 4 Rams (38-2) had Kenzi Stevens on third, Stirton on second and Haley Buchanan at the plate.
Buchanan hit a sacrifice fly to right that easily scored Stevens with the go-ahead run. But the throw to the infield was off-line and Stirton kept running, also scoring.
"That gave us a big boost," said coach Shane Eicher in a telephone interview. "That made the rest of the team know we can win this."
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CLASS 6A Softball
At Hall of Fame Stadium, OKC
Thursday's Quarterfinals (Field 3)
Union 10, Moore 0 (5)
Mustang 12, Broken Arrow 0 (5)
Owasso 5, Edmond North 3
Edmond Santa Fe 3, Jenks 2
Friday's Semifinals (Field 4)
No. 1 Mustang (34-2) vs. No. 2 Union (38-4), noon
No. 4 Owasso (38-2) vs. No. 5 Edmond Santa Fe (33-8), 4 p.m.
Saturday's Final (Field 1)
Championship, 4 p.m.
Owasso's Hannah Stirton (right) scores in front of Edmond North's Jordan Nixon during the Rams' 6A quarterfinal win Thursday in Oklahoma City. JERRY LAIZURE/For the Tulsa World