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October 12, 2012

Lions shut out Jenks in opening round of state tourney

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Jenks tried to respond in the bottom of the inning when it got a runner on first and second with only one out. But Jenna Lynn buckled down and struck out Paige Luellen and got Macklin Hitz to ground out and end the inning.

Moore kept the pressure up in the fourth when they put two runners on base for Qiana Harrison. The senior bunted and Jenks threw the ball over the first baseman’s head allowing pinch runners Ericka Alcantar and Kynzie Zellner to score.

Moore headed into the bottom of the fourth with a 3-0 advantage.

Jenks had a chance to cut into the lead when they put two runners on with no outs. But once gain Lynn was called upon to put out the fire. She fanned Audrey Estes, got Tristen Kuhn to pop up and then struck out Kenzie Carpenter in order. It was the last time the Trojans would threaten. Defense by Brianna McArthur, Tianna Gutierrez and Harrison kept the Trojans from making any type of run the rest of the afternoon.

“Jenna did really, really well,” Riley said. “She stayed very poised. She only gave up three hits and they couldn’t get anything together to get a rally. She is definitely the pinnacle of our team.”

But the Lions weren’t done. In the seventh sophomore Kristen Prieto and senior Jazmine White drove home two more runs to put the game away.

“I think it was a really good performance,” Lynch said. “We showed our heart and we showed our focus as well and what we can do throughout the rest of the tournament, hopefully.”

Class 4A

Tuttle 3, Purcell 1: After racking up 30 wins, the sixth ranked Dragons saw their season come to an end in the first round of the state tourney.

Purcell (30-10) had beaten No. 3 Tuttle earlier in the year by a score of 2-1. But this time they were unable to get their bats going or shut down the Tigers offense.

Michael KinneyFollow me @eyeamtruthmkinney@normantranscript.com

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