Moore will face Sand Springs at 3 p.m. while Southmoore and Jenks face off at 5 p.m. The winners will advance to the Friday’s semifinals. The 6A championship game is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.
If the Lions and ’Cats play to their potential, fastpitch fans could see a titanic rematch of the regular season duel, in which Lewis came out on top of Brown.
However, both coaches know that in order to claim a state title, a team needs more than just a good arm.
“We are playing really well right now,” Riley said. “We are strong on the mound, offensively, and defensively. The girls are really enjoying playing together, which makes us stronger every day. We need to stick with our game plan that we started on July 26, the first day of practice. We have shed blood, sweat, and tears this season, but we have stayed solid together. “
While Moore is used to playing at this time of the year, the ’Cats are still learning what it takes to go for the gold ball.
“More than anything else, I want them to relax and play like they know they can,” Small said. “It’s taken us a while to get here. We think it’s a state tournament that’s as wide open as any. I don’t think there is anybody that is dominating. A lot of times, you see that at this level. You have to play well and when you get the opportunities, you have to take advantage of them. Because you don’t get very many.”
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