Following a successful regional tournament, and the programs 14th regional championship, the Lone Grove Lady Horns now know where their path lies towards a state title.

Following a successful regional tournament, and the programs 14th regional championship, the Lone Grove Lady Horns now know where their path lies towards a state title.

Lone Grove will face off against Oologah-Talala Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Class 4A state quarterfinals at Firelake Casino in Shawnee.

The winner of this matchup will take on either Grove (28-8) or Newcastle (29-2) at 11 a.m. Friday morning in the state semifinals.

Lone Grove has history with both Grove and Newcastle in recent months as the Lady Racers defeated the Lady Horns twice this season both home and away, while Lone Grove eliminated the Lady Reds last year in the state quarterfinals. 

This will be the Lady Horns third trip to the state tournament in the last five years, with Lone Grove being the defending state runner-up, as well as a state quarterfinalist in 2014. 

Meanwhile, the Lady Mustangs are making their first fast pitch state tournament appearance since 2013 this season. 

Among the other teams returning to the state tournament this year who played in it last year are Newcastle, Hilldale, Grove, and two-time defending state champion Tuttle.

Lone Grove will enter the state tournament with an overall record of 25-6, while the Lady Mustangs currently sport an overall record of 30-6.

Oologah-Talala was the second placed team out of district 4A-6 this season at 12-2 overall, finishing just behind district champion Grove on district point differential.

The Lady Mustangs then went on the road and swept their regional tournament against district 4A-5 champion Mannford 11-0 and 12-2, as well as defeating Wagoner in their opener by a score of 2-0. 

As for Lone Grove, they were crowned the district champions of District 4A-3 for the second consecutive season with an overall record of 11-1, with their only defeat coming against Plainview. 

The Lady Horns earned their 14th trip to the state tournament by virtue of sweeping regionals with victories over Elk City (6-0) and two wins over Tecumseh (10-2, 5-2). 

It’s worth noting that the Lady Mustangs are the only team in the state tournament field who did not win their respective district title this season.

Also worth noting is that Tuttle has the most victories over other teams in the state tournament field this season as they defeated Hilldale (8-2, 10-3), Ft. Gibson (7-3), and Grove (6-0) this season. The Lady Tigers only defeat of the year came against Newcastle (1-0). 

Tuttle, Weatherford, Newcastle. Ft. Gibson, Grove and Hilldale all won their respective district titles.

Other first round matches in the state tournament on Thursday will include Tuttle (32-1) taking on Weatherford (25-5) at 4 p.m. with the winner meeting either Hilldale (24-5) or Ft. Gibson (29-9), who play at 6:30 p.m.