While they might have some time before they grace the college stage as student athletes, Lauren Blankenship and Avery Lowe recently were able to claim a piece of hardware normally reserved for college athletes: a national championship.

While they might have some time before they grace the college stage as student athletes, Lauren Blankenship and Avery Lowe recently were able to claim a piece of hardware normally reserved for college athletes: a national championship.

This past weekend, the Lady Tigers softball duo and their teammates on the Oklahoma A’s 18 and under Webb team endured the extreme heat in McKinney, Texas, as well as a brutal run through the losers bracket to ultimately claim the USSSA South National Championship Bronze Bracket title. 

In order to win the coveted prize, the team had to endure temperatures which reached upwards of 106 degrees as well as a total of nine games in a span of four days.

“It was really fun to be able to win at nationals with my team,” Blankenship said. “We had to come through the losers bracket and we were able to win an ITB (International Tie Breaker), and it was just amazing. The competition at nationals is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. Everyone is there to win, this was a tournament literally full of people wanting to win.”

Lowe echoed her teammates thoughts about the competition, as well as how great the experience was.

“All of the teams there were quality teams that wanted to win,” she said. “It was really hard to battle back, but our team just wanted it more. The heat definitely took me by surprise, and it was much more intense than anything we ever experience here in Oklahoma.” 

Both Blankenship and Lowe will be returning starters on this seasons Ardmore Lady Tigers softball team which will begin the season on August 7.