MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 19, 2013

Tahlequah’s dream stopped by Carl Albert 11-4

By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor

— SHAWNEE – Bub Peters has liked ‘em high all year – and she did her thing on a solo home run blast in the second.

Unfortunately, high in the zone isn’t the MO for the rest of her Tahlequah teammates. Consequently, Carl Albert and pitcher Abby Meador had the Lady Tigers’ number in a 11-4 Class 5A semifinal Friday at the Ball Fields at Firelake.

Meador, an Oklahoma Christian commit, struck out 14 Lady Tigers while allowing just four hits. That gives the senior, now 29-0 overall, 282 strikeouts heading into Saturday’s championship game against Edmond Deer Creek.

Peters’ fourth homer of the year cleared the left-field fence with two outs in the second. By then, the Lady Titans (34-1) had built a commanding 5-0 lead.

“That kind of pitch is my trigger,” Peters said. “For me, I like those. Teamwise, that’s not our thing.”

And Peters struck out her final two at-bats.

Kirsten Chase had an RBI single in the fourth for her only hit and down 11-2 in the seventh, the Lady Tigers got a two-out single by Lindsey Wade and a two-run double by Caitlin Chuculate, both at the bottom of the Tahlequah lineup.

Marissa Girdner drew the second walk of the inning off Meador to put two on but Whitney Wright’s flyout to left field ended the Lady Tigers’ fourth trip to the state tournament at 37-5. Three of those have been ended by the Lady Titans.

“I wouldn’t say velocity wise she’s the best we’ve faced but she knows how to pitch,” Tahlequah coach Matt Cloud said of Meador. “She won it (against us) as a sophomore. Overall, she flat got it done and I’d venture to say this weekend they could win it in any class out here. They executed in all phases and made every play they needed to.”

Liz DeShields’ grounder in the first was dropped at first by Kortney Dry on a play that was officially ruled a hit. Back-to-back doubles off Tahlequah starting pitcher Morgan Tarrance followed, one by Krista Waggoner, the last by Meador producing two runs.

Tarrance didn’t make it out of the second. She got the first out of the inning on a grounder to Chase at second base, but a dropped ball by Dry at first led to three consecutive hits by Morgan Heard, DeShields and Waggoner, the last a two-run shot for the 5-0 advantage. Cloud, who had planned on bringing the other half of his 1-2 pitching punch in at the fifth inning, went with the early hook and brought Lindsey Wade in at that point.

Tarrance (18-2) allowed six hits in 1 1/3 innings. Wade, who would retire six of the next seven batters taking her into the fourth, gave up six runs on seven hits yielding a three-run fourth, two in the fifth and another run in the sixth.

“I hate it for our five seniors,” Cloud said, referring to Wright, Girdner, Chuculate, Lainey Wallace and Randee O’Donnell. “We’ve been here four times and worked hard to get here every year. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t take it further.”

Carl Albert will take a 25-game win streak into today’s 1:30 p.m. game, seeking its fifth state title since 2006. Tahlequah ends having won nine of its last 11.