• Moore takes state title over Westmoore

OKLAHOMA CITY — Chelsea Garcia said her main goal this year was to bring Moore another state title. None of her teammates were around to experience the 2005 title and she wanted to make sure they were able to enjoy that same feeling she had.

When she stepped up to bat in the top of the seventh with her Lions leading Westmoore 1-0, Garcia made sure that feeling wouldn’t be ripped away from them. She crushed a Kaci Quintero fastball over the left field fence to put Moore up 2-0 and secure the 2007 state fastpitch championship Saturday at ASA Hall Of Fame Stadium.

“I was trying to relax myself,” Garcia said. “It was the last inning. We were already up 1-0. I just wanted to get a little insurance. Coming home I was thinking this is a big touch on my last at bat as a senior. Pretty surreal.”

The entire championship run was surreal for Moore. After losing to Yukon Friday, the Lions needed to win three straight games just to get to the final. And who do they meet but their cross-town rival, the Jaguars, in another installment of Moore War.

For the third time this year, Moore and Westmoore went toe-to-toe on the fastpitch diamond. But Saturday’s game trumped the previous matchups because a 6A state championship was on the line.

“That makes it even nicer since they beat us in slowpitch last year in the final,” Moore coach Robert Wakefield said. “Just like Chelsea said, she cried for hours after getting beat by Westmoore last spring. I am just happy for them that we were able to turn the tables on (Westmoore).”

While the Lions’ bats were contained for much of the afternoon, it was their defense that put on a show. Tara Martini, Stefani Schubach and Leslie Martini each made several highlight reel plays in the field that brought the MHS contingent of fans to their feet.

“We hit lasers right at them,” Westmoore coach Steve Schwarz said. “They played great defense.”

Drew Wright finally put a dent into Quintero’s stat line in the top of the fifth. The junior hit a solo homer that barely got over the centerfied fence. But it went far enough to post the game’s first run.

That was all the Lions needed as Moore’s Katie Lynn was dominant in the circle. Despite fighting fatigue, the junior shut down the Jaguars.

“It was Katie Lynn on the mound,” Wakefield said. “That is where it all starts in fastpitch. I thought she did a great job. Having a sore arm and everything. But she pitched her heart out. The last two days she went 21 innings with no runs. It’s hard to get beat that way.”

Moore won its third fastpitch championship since 1973 and second during Wakefield’s tenure. And just like the last one, the Lions had to travel the tough road to hoist the gold plaque above their heads.

“Girls can bounce back a lot faster than me,” Wakefield said. “If I had to play today, I would be in bad shape. Emotions and adrenaline go a long way. It’s been a long year, but this is all worth it right here. Seeing these girls faces and the smiles.”

Michael Kinney

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