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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Prep Softball Postseason: Horns hot entering 4A districts

  • Previews of Class 4A district series and Class A regional softball tournaments
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  • Lone Grove (21-11) enters today's Class 4A district series against Pauls Valley (12-14) on a good note, having won six of its last nine contests.
    This has been accomplished in large part due to the stinginess of pitcher Jeanea Mitchell, who allowed two or fewer runs in five of the six wins. Mitchell is coming off her best performance of the year in the regular season finale against Dickson, where she held the Comets to a one-hit shutout in a nine-inning win.
    Lone Grove also boasts one of the most balanced hitting lineups in the Lake Country Conference, with four starters averaging .300 or better, paced by junior Haley McCutchen and senior Nacona Presgrove. McCutchen is also one of the top defensive shortstops in the area, boasting an impressive .935 fielding percentage.
    Players to watch — SS Haley McCutchen (.470 avg., 3 HRs, 22 RBIs, 38 SB); C Nacona Presgrove (.344 avg., 28 RBIs, 8 doubles); P Jeanea Mitchell (20-11, 2.52 ERA, 89 SO).
    Quotable — "She's really been hitting her spots, gaining confidence and pitching well." — Lone Grove coach Jimmy Miller on Mitchell
    Dickson (14-18) at Atoka (18-13)
    Don't let the record fool you; the Dickson Comets are a very dangerous team heading into its 4A district playoff against Atoka.
    Six of the team's last seven losses have come by three runs or less, with five being one-run contests. This is a scrappy group that relies on timely hitting, especially from freshman sensation Madison Rozzell, one of the strongest bats in southern Oklahoma, and leadoff hitter Bryanne Knox, who has successfully stolen on 45 of 46 attempts while reaching base over 50 percent of the time.
    Pitcher Peyton Stanley has battled through injuries and a car accident to have a fabulous season in the circle, and will be leaned on heavily against a strong Atoka team.
    Players to watch — INF Madison Rozzell (.417 avg, 4 HR, 39 RBIs); OF Bryanne Knox (.485 avg., 37 runs, 45 SBs); P Peyton Stanley (10-16, 3.09 ERA, 112 SO).
    Quotable — "We're going to have compete and fight hard at the plate to pull this out." — Dickson coach David Gardner
    Class A
    Roff regional
    The Bulldogs face a stiff test in their Class A district playoff, heading to Roff to play in a regional with the top team in the state. Before potentially playing Roff, however, Healdton will face Macomb in its first game.
    Healdton is coming off a strong finish to the season, winning the final three games of its slate by a combined 29-3 mark. In addition, seven of the team's 13 losses came at the hands of 4A squads, so Healdton is no stranger to tough competition.
    Mikaela Blakemore, Morgan Fletcher and CeAnne Gossvener will be relied on to spark the Bulldogs offense, while pitcher Jenna Martin will need to display a steady hand in the circle for Healdton to pull off the upset.
    Page 2 of 3 - Healdton is the last southern Oklahoma team to win or appear in a state championship game (winners in 2009, state-runner up 2010).
    Players to watch — C CeAnne Gossvener, P Jenna Martin, SS Mikaela Blakemore, CF Morgan Fletcher.
    Quotable — "I feel like we've been a little bit underrated. If we play the way I know we can, I think we can win this." — Healdton coach Joel Bradberry
    Turner regional
    Turner has had a stellar regular season, posting a 21-4 record and working its way into a No. 8 ranking in Class A. They'll square off with another talented squad from Sterling, ranked just outside the state top 10.
    The Falcons rely on good defense and the presence of Taylor Foster in the circle, but can also show strong pop at the plate, with catcher Connor Harman and shortstop Andi McGill two of the team's best contributors.
    Players to watch — P Taylor Foster, C Conner Harmon, SS Andi McGill
    Quotable — "We had some injuries; Foster had some cartilage issues in her ribs and she was trying to get over it. Hopefully though, we're past that and are ready to play." — Turner coach Shane Hill
    Regional tournaments
    (Double elimination)
    Class 3A
    At Sulphur
    Today
    Game 1: Sulphur vs. Coalgate, noon
    Game 2: Kingston vs. Plainview, 2 p.m.
    Game 3: Sulphur-Coalgate loser vs.
    Kingston-Plainview loser, 4 p.m.
    Game 4: Sulphur-Coalgate winner vs. Kingston-Plainview winner, 6 p.m.
    Friday
    Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, noon
    Game 6 (championship): Game 4 winner vs.
    Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.
    Game 7 (championship, if necessary), Game 4 winner vs.
    Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.
    Class A
    At Turner
    Today
    Game 1: Turner vs. Elmore City-Pernell, noon
    Game 2: Central Marlow vs. Sterling, 2 p.m.
    Game 3: Turner-Elmore City-Pernell loser vs.
    Central Marlow-Sterling loser, 4 p.m.
    Game 4: Turner-Elmore City-Pernell winner vs.
    Central Marlow-Sterling winner, 4 p.m.
    Friday
    Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, noon
    Game 6 (championship): Game 4 winner vs.
    Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.
    Game 7 (championship, if necessary), Game 4 winner vs.
    Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.
    At Roff
    Today
    Game 1: Roff vs. Bowlegs, noon
    Game 2: Macomb vs. Healdton, 2 p.m.
    Game 3: Roff-Bowlegs loser vs.
    Macomb-Healdton loser, 4 p.m.
    Game 4: Roff-Bowlegs winner vs. Macomb-Healdton winner, 6 p.m.
    Friday
    Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, noon
    Page 3 of 3 - Game 6 (championship): Game 4 winner vs.
    Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.
    Game 7 (championshp, if necesary), Game 4 winner vs.
    Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.
    District tournaments
    Class 4A (Best two of three)
    Today
    Dickson at Ada 11 a.m./1 p.m.; Pauls Valley at Lone Grove, 5 and 7 p.m.; Madill at Byng, TBA
    Friday (if necessary)
    Dickson at Ada, 1 p.m.; Pauls Valley at Lone Grove, 2 p.m.; Madill at Byng, TBA
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