Hilldale moves on,
FGHS out in Class 4A
The Hilldale Lady Hornets kept their dream of a state championship alive with a 5-1 win over Oologah while the Fort Gibson Lady Tigers saw its season come to a close with a 7-4 loss to Cache in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Hilldale, 33-5 and the No. 1 team in the final OSSAA Class 4A poll, will face Blanchard, a 3-1 winner over Tecumseh, on Field 1 at noon today while Fort Gibson, the No. 2 team in the 4A poll, finishes its season at 31-6.
“Blanchard has a real good pitcher,” said Hilldale coach Darren Riddle. “They’re a typical state tournament team. They swing the bats well and defensively, they’re real solid.”
It took until the third inning for the Lady Hornets to get on the scoreboard but they did it in dramatic fashion as Kenzi Mize hit a solo home run. In the fourth inning, the Lady Hornets put up two more runs on an error which plated Megan Crow and Sarah Hughey to make the score 3-0.
In the fifth inning Oologah got its only run on a Kenzi Kallio triple to make the score 3-1. The Lady Hornets closed out the scoring in the bottom of the frame on an error and an RBI single by Hughey.
Destiny Riddle was solid from the circle for the Lady Hornets as she four hits and one run.
“We were still hitting the ball well when Kenzi hit her home run,” Riddle said. “That kind of got us going. She also had a double and that’s a pretty good 2-for-3 day for a freshman. Sarah was 3-for-3 and defensively we were solid.
“Destiny pitched a great game. So, we did everything we had to do.”
Fort Gibson got off to a 2-0 advantage on solo home runs by Lauren Diebold in the second inning and Mackenzie Williams in the fourth.
Cache cut into the Lady Tigers’ lead with one run in the bottom of the fifth and put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the sixth to give the Lady Bulldogs a 7-2 lead. In the seventh inning, The Lady Tigers got two runs back in the seventh but that was all they would get to make the final score 7-4. Madison Higley took the loss for Fort Gibson despite striking out 17 Lady Bulldogs.
“We had a fantastic year,” said Fort Gibson coach Jaime Snyder. “I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished which such a young team. When you’re on the stage of a state tournament, sometimes experience helps and you just have to learn how to win at this level and we will.”
– Phoenix staff report