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April 6, 2014

Tahlequah falls in Slug-Out title game

The Muskogee Slug-Out finals were slugged out in Tahlequah, with No. 2 Westmoore knocking off the No. 7 Lady Tigers 8-2 on Saturday in a battle of Class 6A squads.

Tahlequah (11-4) earned that right thanks to winning its pool, played at Tahlequah. It also became practical to do so when Union and Westmoore played the Muskogee pool final there earlier in the afternoon. Westmoore hung around and posted five first-inning runs.

The Lady Tigers, who were 4-1 in the tournament including an 8-3 win over Broken Arrow that clinched their pool, scored its only runs in the third when Caitlin Chuculate and Erin Dillard raced home on an infield error, and finished with seven hits. Dillard led, going 2-for-2.

“They played great defense other than that and we didn’t have thie hits up and down the lineup,” Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said.

Kirsten Chase’s two-run home run was the big blow in knocking off Broken Arrow. She also had a triple. Kortney Dry was 3-for-3.

6A No. 5 Muskogee was on track to make the finals — and keep the tournament at home — when it beat Jenks 8-2. Carlee Gann was 4-for-4 with a home run and Aubrey Johnson was 3-for-3. But that track was disconnected with an 11-2 loss to Poteau, putting Muskogee in one of two consolation games for a share of third place. Tecumseh sent the Roughers home with their second straight run-rule loss, 12-4.

With Westmoore’s win against Union, a win for MHS against Poteau would have made a Muskogee-Tahlequah final. Only three of Poteau’s runs were earned.

“We were just horrible on defense,” Muskogee coach Keith Coleman said, his team now 13-6. “We didn’t make routine plays and that gave them momentum. It’s disappointing. After the Jenks game we played like we were done for the day.”

5A No. 7 Sequoyah finished 0-5. The Lady indians lost to Poteau 8-6 and ended with a 7-6 loss to  Union. Merissa Smith was 4-for-7 in the two games for Sequoyah (5-7) with a home run and four runs scored while Haleigh Galvin was 2-for-3 with a run scored against Poteau.

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