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October 5, 2012

Little Axe gets past Chelsea, moves on to Washington

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

She nodded.

“I’m not good at this,” she said.

She was plenty good in the batter’s box.

No Dragon had more than one hit. Nor did any Indian other than Branch, who had three. Bread knew he had a good player when she arrived in the program, but wished she could learn to hit to all fields. Lately, she has.

“She’s been doing that for two weeks,” he said.

Chelsea got on the board first when Hunter Marone singled in the third inning, went to second base on a wild pitch and came home on Bethyne Lewis’ single.

Little Axe tied it up in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases with one out via a hit from Kenna Watson, a walk to Sammi Leisinger and Aspen Vail’s mishandled grounder to third base. Next up, Frazier grounded to third. The throw home nabbed Watson, but catcher Darian Marone threw wild to first trying to get Frazier, allowing Leisinger to score.

Familiar foes: Little Axe’s victory sets up a Transcript-area semifinal between the Indians and Washington, which dispatched Sulphur 8-6 in Thursday’s early game.

Sulphur made it interesting with three seventh-inning runs, but that wasn’t enough to counter 12 Warrior hits and 10 walks. The Warriors put their eight runs across while stranding 16 runners, a fact that did not please Washington coach Scott Howard.

“Not acceptable,” he said.

The Indians and Warriors meet at 10 this morning. The two teams split a pair of 5-0 decisions earlier this season.

“We’ve got a pretty good rivalry going with them,” Howard said.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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