By Andrew Glover
CARNEY, Okla. —
The Frontier Lady Mustangs (10-20) went through plenty of ups and downs during the season as they dealt with injuries. Their season will end in a familar spot as they clinched their fifth straight berth in the Class B softball state tournament Friday in Carney.
“We played pretty well,” Frontier coach Erron Kauk said. “We are pretty excited.”
Frontier had its starting pitcher, Michaelanne Nelson, out for the majority of the season, with her making her return during the final week of the regular season. The Lady Mustangs opened the regional tournament Thursday with a 5-4 victory over No. 6 New Lima. Frontier advanced to the championship with a 6-5 victory over No. 15 Bowlegs in come from behind fashion.
“We were down 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh,” Kauk said. “Alivia Molina led off with a triple. Kristen Molina hit a triple and made it 5-4. Marissa Goodman hit a groundball down the middle to score the run. MichaelAnne Nelson hit a hard base hit that riccocheted off the outfielder and Goodman scored from first to win.”
The Lady Mustangs rematched with New Lima in the championship and won 8-4. Nelson picked up wins in all three games and hit the ball well. Shannon West and Goodman each recorded four hits in the championship. Frontier will find out their state quarterfinal opponent Monday.
Though they were playing on their home field, the Carney Lady Bulldogs didn’t put up the showing they hoped. Carney lost to Bowlegs 14-1 and 11-1 to New Lima on Thursday. Lady Bulldogs coach Lindsey Freeman said he thought the season went well despite the way it ended.
“We played flat and couldn’t get anything to go down,” Freeman said. “I don’t think we were the worst team but we played like it. We did pretty good this season. We were rolling for awhile but wavered off. Overall it was a good season for us.”
The Lady Bulldogs (16-9) will return everyone except seniors Holly Bailey and Kaitlyn Bailey.
Pawnee season ends with loss to Luther
DALE — The Pawnee Lady Black Bears season came to an end with a 2-1 loss to the Luther Lady Lions in the Dale Class 2A regional.
Pawnee finishes the season at 23-14. Coach Chad Tsotigh, who finished his first season with the Lady Black Bears, said it was a good season.
“We won districts and it was the first time my seniors got past districts,” Tsotigh said. “We won a regional game and the other two games we lost we were in and had our opportunities. It’s disappointing seeing the season end that way because you want the best for your girls. I hate seeing them upset about a loss.”
The Lady Black Bears will graduate Chrissie Collins, Haley Evans, Page Moore and Tori Stevens.