SULPHUR — To some softball programs, two years might not seem like that long.

SULPHUR — To some softball programs, two years might not seem like that long.

But when the program is the Sulphur Lady Bulldogs, two years is an eternity.

Thursday afternoon, the No. 4 Lady Bulldogs put to rest two years of waiting, as they claimed their first state slow pitch tournament berth since 2017, as they won the regional championship with a pair of victories over Cache, and No. 5 Cushing at the Sulphur softball complex. 

Sulphur will play in the Class 5A state slow pitch softball tournament next Wednesday at Firelake Casino in Shawnee, with an opponent and time to be announced this weekend by the OSSAA. 

“We were just truly not satisfied, and very disappointed with how things ended last season,” Sulphur coach Heath Gilbert said. “This will hopefully carry over to fast pitch for us this fall, and our girls wanted to get back more than anything. This community was amazing today, and they created a fantastic atmosphere for us. We played the best we’ve played in about a few weeks today.”

“Shallen (Mershon) and Ally (Dixon) were in a little bit of a funk coming into today,” Gilbert added. “We made some lineup changes today and they paid