SHAWNEE - Behind some high-powered offense, the Sequoyah Lady Indians defeated the Hugo Lady Buffs 17-1 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class 3A fastpitch softball state championship tournament.
The five-inning run-rule victory sends Sequoyah, ranked No. 1 in 3A, into the state semifinals today at noon at the Ball Fields at Firelake. SHS faces Henryetta, a 9-2 victor over Oktaha.
Leading the offense were Megan Towie with a home run, Symphoni Shomo with a grand slam and Merissa Smith with an inside-the-park homer. Sequoyah had 14 hits against Hugo.
“We went five innings against Hugo,” said coach Jeff Turtle. “That’s the first time (Hugo) had ever made it to state, so I don’t know if they were overwhelmed or what. The atmosphere was really good, there were a lot of fans from both schools, from all the schools playing there today. It was loud, and of course we jumped on them early, scoring three in the first, four in the second.”
Turtle said Sequoyah watched Henryetta play on Thursday and realized they’ll have their work cut out for them.
“We’re going to have to play good,” said Turtle. “They’re a good team. We think we’re a good team. We’ll have to work hard.”
In the other semifinal at 2 p.m. Thursday, Marlow faces Washington. Marlow defeated Davis 3-1 and Washington downed Meeker 2-1.
The two semifinalists will square off at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday at the Ball Fields at Firelake for the state championship.
The Lady Indians’ victory Thursday helped them improve to 33-6 on the season.
Henryetta 9, Oktaha 2
Callie Barnes hit a leadoff home run for Oktaha and things looked like they were off and running for the Lady Tigers.
Into a brick wall, as it turned out.
Henryetta roughed up Taylor Pevehouse over three innings, using four hits and two Oktaha errors to score three runs in the first, then had four runs on four hits in the second. A single run in the third came on one hit, one passed ball and one wild pitch.
Kelsey Cantwell relieved Pevehouse in the fourth.
“It wasn’t one of those days where we could get anything going,” Oktaha coach Kia Holmes said. “They got on a roll and I think nerves got a few of our girls. Sometimes that’s softball.”
All of Oktaha’s hits came from seniors. Along with Barnes’ blast, Caitlin Sikes was 3-for-3 and Taylor Pevehouse had two hits.
The Lady Tigers end at 28-9.
“All in all I think we did pretty well for our first year in 3A,” Holmes said. “I don’t think anyone expected this. We were not ranked at the beginning of the year, so to finish here was pretty nice. I will miss those seniors though.”