LITTLE AXE —
Here’s what happened Tuesday.
First, Little Axe eliminated Okemah 10-0. Then, behind some great pitching from Frazier and some timely hitting, they topped Meeker 3-1 and 4-0.
They climbed the mountain.
“We grew up a lot,” said coach Mike Bread, a Norman High product who’s enjoyed a bunch of success down Highway 9. “You had to wonder if the kids could get it done, if they could actually pick up the slack. They’ve come together quite well here in the end.”
Though Little Axe has been atop the coaches poll almost the whole season, Frazier still believes the program had something to prove this season.
“A lot of people didn’t expect us to make it this far. They knew we were losing two great players [Amanda Edmundson and Megan Blevins, who have both moved on to the college game], so (they were thinking) ‘Their bats are not going to be there and they’re not going to play as great defense.’
“Showing that we made it back is really cool.”
Frazier and her battery mate, McDoulett, get lots of credit. They’ve been a team longer than they’ve been wearing Little Axe jerseys. Since putting on Little Axe jerseys, Frazier has an 89-13 record in the circle. This season, she has struck out 321 in 205 innings.
Leisinger, a lead-off hitter with the power to go deep, has helped set the table this season by hitting .480.
Now, it’s just a matter of continuing the climb. The Indians are young, but most of their roster was there last season when Little Axe wouldn’t be denied, beating Morris 5-3 in the state title game.
They know what it’s about.
Also, representing a tight-knit community, they know they’ll have help.
“Just knowing that everybody believes that you’re going to make it, and our whole community’s behind us,” she said. “Unlike most communities , where it’s just some here, some there, our whole community’s supporting us. I think we have the most fans at every game.”