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MVP

Moore coach Robert Wakefield unofficially called third baseman Dani Dobbs the most valuable player of the Class 6A State Tournament.

Dobbs hit .800 for the tournament (12-of-15) with two homers.

"She was by far our best hitter," Wakefield said. "She didn't have any cheap hits. All 12 hits were rockets.

"She also played sparkling defense."

In the circle, freshman Katie Lynn was the winner in all five Moore victories.

"She had the hot hand, so we just went with her," Wakefield said. "That's a tough situation for a freshman, but she handled it extremely well."

Lynn finished 10-0 this season. A transfer from Westmoore, she didn't get her first win until Sept. 17 at the Putnam City Tournament.



Back-to-back

This is the second straight state championship for the Moore softball program. The Lady Lions also won the slow pitch title in May.

"Our softball program is doing really well and it says a lot about what kind of athletes we have here," Wakefield said.

"It's not easy to win one in fast pitch. We hadn't won one since 1974. You don't expect to win back-to-back titles like that."

Cheslea Garcia, Kelli Young and Jessica Cosby are fast pitch players that were on last year's slow pitch team. Garcia starts for both squads.

The two state championships are also the first two titles in Wakefield's 29-year career. He coached at Plainview before coming to Moore, coaching the softball team for 21 years and the baseball team for 19.



Nice send-off for the seniors

Moore has six seniors that played their last game Saturday.

The Lady Lions will lose right fielder Erica Crossley, centerfielder Rachel Franklin, left fielder Amy Barrios, pitcher/designated player Katie Carden, first baseman Allison Maruska, and pitcher Brandi Hughes.

Crossley hit .333 for the tournament (6-of-18). Franklin hit .222 for the tournament, while Barrios hit .200 and had a two-run homer against Broken Arrow Friday.

Carden had three hits in the event and was also 2-0 as a pitcher this season. Hughes finished the season with a record of 16-4. Maruska hit a homer in the second win over Broken Arrow Friday.

"Crossley had some clutch hits and had a couple of great catches in the outfield," Wakefield said. "Franklin was our team's emotional leader and also had a great defensive tournament. Barrios had that big, big homer against Broken Arrow. Hughes did a great job as our pitcher this year. Carden also did a good job in a relief role. Maruska also had a big home run and played great defense.

"All of those seniors were a big part of our success. I'm thrilled they get to go out a winner."



Players returning

While Moore loses a solid core of seniors, they will return their best hitters and an undefeated pitcher.

Dobbs, Alysia Hamilton, Cheslea Garcia and Keenah Prestridge will be back. Dobbs? .559 batting average led the team, while Garcia was second at .444. Hamilton hit .425, while Prestridge hit .400.

They will also return Lynn, who went 10-0 in less than half the season.

"We might get back there next year," Wakefield said. "A big part of our team is coming back, so we're expecting big things next year."

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