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May 1, 2013

Jaguars, SaberCats, Lions take on East in state slow pitch tourney

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NORMAN —

Since 1997, the West won seven of the overall championships.

“I think it just sways side to side,” Moore coach Michael Wakefield said. “Some years East wins and other years West does.”

But one of the factors on why Moore schools have seemingly owned softball is emphasis. While the east schools are large enough to have enough good athletes to play every sport, it’s a little more spread out on the west side of the state.

“I think it’s a weird thing, just like in boys sports, where one district may be real high in football and another district real high in basketball,” Lingo said. “Girls sports are the same way. It just seems this area has been so good in softball for so long, I think a lot of girls at a young age focus on softball rather than playing AAU basketball year-round or volleyball. You still have those groups, but the large majority of them are softball girls.”

The interest in softball in Moore may stem from consistent success on the field. But a huge factor is that these teams get their players scholarships to play college softball.

Last year alone, seven girls from Cleveland County signed scholarships to play at the next level. Six of them came from the Moore schools. That’s something parents can get behind early on.

“College coaches are noticing how much talent is in Cleveland County, Moore Public Schools in particular,” Lingo said. “They know these girls have been playing their whole lives, are well-coached, they know the game and can play at the next level. Coaches look for that and are willing to take a shot with a lot of kids that have played this type of softball their whole life.”

 

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