The Norman Transcript

Sports

October 5, 2012

Little Axe gets past Chelsea, moves on to Washington

OKLAHOMA CITY — When it matters most, nothing ever comes easily for Little Axe. Also, the Indians don’t lose.

For almost three years.

Thursday evening at the Class 3A state fast-pitch tournament it was freshman Aubree Branch who played the hero.

She almost played it in the sixth-inning when her one-out double put the Indians into position to push the winning run across.

Then she really played it in the bottom of the eighth when her single down the right-field line plated Julia Scott, handing the Indians a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium complex.

The other hero?

That was pitcher Andee Frazier, for whom Scott was running. Officially, Frazier reached on a fielder’s choice because Aspen Vail was hung up between first and second base and was thrown out after Frazier’s bloop found a home in short-right field.

Really, Frazier had already earned her status by setting down 13 straight Dragons, even with a sore arm, still recovering from pitching three regional games Tuesday.

“I may have been a little sore,” the senior hurler said. “I may not have been 110 percent, but I was at least 100 percent.”

The Dragons will vouch for that. Frazier retired 11 on strikes.

“She’s able to adjust,” Bread said of Frazier, who got by on a curve, screwball, riser and the occasional changeup. “She’s able to put us in situations where we can actually throw to a spot.”

Branch wasn’t new to coming up big for her team, but maybe new to talking about it. What was she thinking at the plate after Reagan McDoulett followed Frazier with a single?

“Just have to get it done,” she said. “I just had to close my eyes and get it done.”

Did she have a feeling something good would happen, because the Indians always seem to win tight games at the state tournament?

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Cardinals Red Sox Trade Cardinals land Lackey, shore up rotation

    BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox traded right-hander John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig before Thursday’s deadline....

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joe Castiglione lends hardwood expertise to new football playoff committee

    Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione serves on the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee and will be the committee chair for the 2015-16 season....

    August 1, 2014

  • Norman football a hotbed for quarterbacks

    While Norman High searches for a new quarterback to take the reins, Norman North is entering the preseason with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the state in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tiger in the hunt after day one at Bridgestone

    AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational. Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys....

    August 1, 2014

  • Coaches rank Sooners No. 3

    The preseason USA Today coaches’ poll was released on Thursday. Oklahoma came in at No. 3....

    August 1, 2014

  • Defensive indefernce in Big-D as injury suffles front seven

    OXNARD, Calif. — Rookie pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence’s broken foot didn’t send the Dallas Cowboys scrambling because they’re already in rebuilding mode with their defensive line....

    August 1, 2014

  • Rams’ go with youth in secondary

    ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams secondary doesn’t have veteran leaders, high-dollar talent or big names. Those handling spots on the last line of defense are confident they won’t be a liability....

    August 1, 2014

  • Tigers go all in on Price

    DETROIT — When David Price was finally traded, it was to an unexpected bidder. The Detroit Tigers added another Cy Young Award winner to their star-studded rotation, acquiring Price from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster deal Thursday....

    August 1, 2014

  • Oakland lands Lester, Gomes in exchange for Cespedes

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics won the Jon Lester sweepstakes, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday’s trade deadline....

    August 1, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

Facebook