By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Frontier Lady Mustangs might be the only team in the Class B state softball tournament that isn’t ranked and doesn’t have a winning record. That doesn’t make them any less confident as they enter Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup against top-seeded Red Oak at 1 p.m. at The Ball Fields at Firelake in Shawnee.
“If Michaelanne (Nelson) keeps pitching the way she has and we keep getting hits, we should be fine,” coach Erron Kauk said.
This is Frontier’s fifth consecutive trip to state. The Lady Mustangs (10-20) have won their last six games — sweeping district and regionals. Kauk said his girls are definitely not intimidated by the matchup.
“I give us a good chance as anyone,” Kauk said. “(Red Oak) has a freshman pitcher and they had two seniors last year. They will definitely have some nerves. We got the experience. We have come together in the last few games.”
Kauk said both his school and Red Oak played tough schedules — playing most of their games against 3A and 4A schools. Besides districts and regionals, the only Class B opponent Frontier played was Timberlake. Red Oak (29-8) played two.
Coach said Thursday’s game will come down to whoever plays better.
“The team who’s playing well will win,” Kauk said. “I think we have chance if we make plays behind Michaelanne and hit the ball well.”
The Lady Mustangs got plenty of timely hits in regionals. Against Bowlegs on Thursday, Marissa Goodman hit a game-tying single and Nelson hit a walk-off single. In the championship Friday against No. 6 New Lima, Goodman and Shannon West each had four hits.
If Frontier wins they will face the winner of No. 5 Stuart (30-9) and No. 8 Caney (28-9) at noon Friday.