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May 6, 2014

Class 6A state slow pitch softball preview

NORMAN — The regular season has come to an end for slow pitch. Now the fun begins for area schools to bring home the coveted 6A state championship.

No. 1 Southmoore (29-5), No. 3 Westmoore (29-7) and No. 4 Moore (28-9) made the state tournament, which begins at 10 a.m. today at the Shawnee Ballfields at Firelake. It’s the same place the SaberCats won the title last year and they are geared up to defend their crown.

“I thought we played very well in the regional tournament,” Southmoore coach Jason Lingo said. “We accomplished what I wanted and now will need to play with the same intensity and focus in the state tournament.”

The Jaguars kick-off the first round with a 10 a.m. contest against No. 6 Union. No. 7 Tecumseh and No. 2 Tahlequah take the field at 11:30 A.M.

The Lions are up next at 1 p.m. against No. 5 Muskogee. Coach Michael Wakefield sees his team coming together at the right time.

“We have to hit the ball consistently up and down the order, we are not going to hit a lot of home runs so we need to be able to put hits together to make some big innings,” Moore coach Michael Wakefield said. “We have to be solid on defense, we cant give these good teams extra outs.”

The final game of the opening round is Southmoore versus No. 8 Broken Arrow at 2:30 p.m.

 “We just need to play like we are capable of playing,” Lingo said. “Nothing special, or out of the ordinary, just tough, focused softball and we’ll be fine.”

The semifnals will start at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. The championship is set for 7 p.m. The Lions and Sabercats could find themselves facing off in the second semifinal game. Southmoore won both regular season matchups by a combined score of 23-14.

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