OKLAHOMA CITY — After playing in almost 35 games this year, Moore’s season has come down to three games in three days. In order to claim the top prize in fastpitch, the Lions have to win every single time they step on the field.
The Lions got themselves off to a good start Thursday with a 5-0 shutout against Jenks in the first round of the 6A state championships at Hall of Fame Stadium.
“This is the ninth time in a row we have been to the state games,” Moore coach Stephanie Riley said, “but we have not been past the first game in the last four or five years. So we’ve concentrated all week on Thursday. We will move to Friday after we deal with Thursday. We are definitely ready to compete. But we knew we had to get through today first.”
The Lions’ next step takes place at noon today when it faces Broken Arrow in the semifinals. Moore beat BA 1-0 earlier this season. But this time the winner advances to state while the loser heads home.
Moore (33-2) doesn’t have the big bats it used to build its team around. It’s transformed itself this year into a small ball squad. That was the formula it used to attack the Trojans early in Thursday’s contest.
With Caiti Hall on second, Caitlin Hall doubled to center off the Trojans’ McKayla Hendrix to drive home the game’s first run in the top of the third inning.
“We are a small ball, defensive team,” senior Hannah Lynch said. “But we have some bats in the lineup as well. It just depends on the day. It means we don’t have to rely on one thing. If something is working, we’re going to stick with it, if not, we will try something else.”