NORMAN — For anyone watching the MLB postseason, they have seen pitchers dominate almost every game. Each night the old adage, “good hitting beats good pitching” seems to be on display.
Moore High and Southmoore hopes that counts for them also as they head into the 6A state fast pitch tournament today at The Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee. With Jenna Lewis and Katelyn Brown on the mound for their respective teams, the cross-town rivals could be on a collision course in the title game.
The Lions enter the tournament as the top seed with a 31-3 team record. Despite missing a few games this season, Lewis racked up a 22-1 record and hasn’t loss since the first game of the season.
“Jenna is the catalyst of our squad,” MHS coach Stephanie Riley said. “She knows she has the team on her shoulders, but she also knows this team will do everything necessary to back her up. She has grown mentally in the game and within herself. She is stronger than she has ever been on the mound.”
Lewis has been almost untouchable this season. She pitched 111 innings in 24 games. She allowed 45 hits and 15 runs while also striking out 95 batters.
“Jenna is a very solid pitcher,” Riley said. “She doesn’t throw the ball as hard as some we have had in the past, but I think Jenna moves the ball and changes speeds better than anyone we have had. She does very well at keeping batters off guard.”
As dominant as Lewis as been, Brown has been equally effective for the SaberCats (28-4). The senior has compiled a 19-2 record, gave up 29 hits, allowed only seven earned runs and struck out 175 opponents this season in 109 innings.
“Katelyn has been absolutely awesome for us this year,” Southmoore coach Jeff Small said. “She has been dominating at times. Quite a bit of the time. If she can relax, keep the ball down and hit her spots, she is as good as anybody.”