SHAWNEE — Southmoore has turned to Katelyn Brown for every big game the team has played this year. And the senior hurler has repaid them with big-game performance after big-game performance.
In four games this postseason, Brown has yet to yield a single run. That included Friday, when the SaberCats defeated Broken Arrow 6-0 in the semifinals of the Class 6A state tournament.
The victory landed the ’Cats in their first-ever fastpitch title game. It also gives Brown a chance to pay back rival Moore for one of only two blemishes on her record. Moore defeated Southmoore 4-2 a week before the postseason began.
“We are where everybody wants to be,” Southmoore coach Jeff Small said. “ We are right there in the finals. We are not afraid to play those people from the east side of town, I will tell you right now. They beat us 4-2 and Katelyn probably had one of the worst pitching performances she’s ever had this year.”
In that loss to Moore, Brown (21-2) walked seven, hit one batter and allowed three hits. The Southern Nazarene commit hopes to have a better outing today when the teams take the field at 6 p.m.
“I think it’s very cool since they are a rival,” Brown said. “Moore is a good team. One thing they never do is give up and they always come back in the end. So we have to finish strong, just like they do.”
Against the Lady Tigers, it was Southmoore who came out swinging when Sydney Sherrill crushed a two-run bomb in the third inning to open scoring.
“When I got up there, I was really looking for an outside pitch,” Sherrill said. “She threw me one, I got a little bit of it and it was a foul ball. The next pitch I just had a feeling it would be an inside pitch. So I just swung and it went.”