By Lindsey Chastain
Skiatook softball is headed to state after winning the regional championship.
The Lady Dawgs won the right to host regionals after winning districts. Included in the bracket were Checotah, Inola and Grove.
The Lady Dawgs defeated Checotah 7-0 and Inola 10-0 on Tuesday, October 8.
Piper Hand didn’t allow a single run in the 4A-8 Regional tournament.
In game one the Lady Bulldogs had a 7-0 victory over Checotah. Hand allowed four hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out four. The Lady Bulldogs got things moving in the first inning when Paige Castillo homered on a 1-1 count scoring three runs. The Lady Bulldogs tallied 10 hits in the game. Rylee Anglen, Morgan Freeman, Castillo and Hand each racked multiple hits for Skiatook.
In game two Hand shut down Grove throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Bulldogs to a 10-0 victory. She allowed three hits and zero runs over six innings, striking out eight and walking zero. The Lady Bulldogs again got things moving in the first inning. They had nine hits on the day by multiple players, Anglen, Bailey Henderson, Ryleigh Lynn, Madi Drummond, and a walk off home run by freshman Avery King. The Lady Bulldogs were sure handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.
Game three was another victory for the Lady Bulldogs. Hand didn’t allow a single run against Grove throwing a complete game shut out leading the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory. She allowed four hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out ten and walking one. Haylee Rooks, Henderson, Castillo, Drummond, King, and Anglen all collected one hit.
The regional championship game against Grove was played at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9. The weather was overcast and sprinkling, but that did not dampen the spirits of the Lady Dawgs.
The Lady Dawgs were on the board first with a run in the third inning. They scored two more runs in the seventh to make the score 3-0. The champion team kept Grove from scoring a single run and became the regional champions.
For the regional, Hand was 3W, 0L, 0 runs allowed, recording 22 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched, allowing just 11 hits and 3 walks.
The Lady Dawgs are now headed to state.
“We are very proud of how hard this team has worked to win a regional and move on to the state tournament and Piper is of course a huge part of that. RD (Ryleigh Lynn) did a great job behind the plate as well, communicating with Piper, and the coaching staff to make sure we were on the same page calling pitches,” Coach Jordan Jones said. “Those two have really worked well together this season. We played solid, focused defense, only committing one error in the regional. Our offense stayed focused and different players came through for us at different times, which is a really exciting thing to see as a coach. It has been 10 years since Skiatook went to the state tournament for softball.”
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