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Lady Tigers capture softball district title Thursday

BA hosts regional tournament beginning Wednesday (original story first appeared 9/21/18)

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The OSSAA Class 6A Fast Pitch Regionals are set and Broken Arrow will host Bixby and Sapulpa in a three-team, double-elimination regional beginning Wednesday at Lady Tiger Field on the Broken Arrow High School campus.

As district champions, the Lady Tigers received a first-round bye. Sapulpa and Bixby will play the tournament opener at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Broken Arrow will play the winner of that game at 1 p.m. The loser of Game 1 and Game 2 will play a Wednesday evening game, with the winner advancing to Thursday's noon championship game. An "If Necessary" game is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Regional tickets are $5 for adults and students. 

The winner advances to the Class 6A State Championship Tournament beginning Oct. 11.

One hundred runs.

Let that sink in.

Since returning from their Labor Day weekend trip to Colorado, Broken Arrow Lady Tigers have outscored their opponents by 100 runs.

Let’s repeat. Outscored. Not just scored, but outscored. The absurd run differential is 109 to 9.

Broken Arrow has outscored its opponents by more runs than the other three 6A district leaders – Deer Creek, 97; Westmoore, 84; and Owasso, 73 – have scored since Labor Day.

“We are playing at a pretty high level right now,” an understated Randall King said after his team won the Class 6A-4 district title, 5-2, over Sand Springs at Lady Tiger Field Thursday night.

The second match up between the district’s top two teams, though carrying high stakes for a top regional seed, did not yield the same drama as the Sept. 13 game at Sand Springs. Broken Arrow scored five runs in the top of the seventh for a 5-2 win that night.

At home, on Tuesday, the teams were tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the second. A two-out triple by Grace Jarvis plated two runs, and BA held on for another 5-2 win as Kailee Reese pitched seven strong innings and struck out four.

“Right now, at the plate, each player is understanding what their job is with each at bat and that has led to us getting production throughout the line-up as well as people coming off the bench and doing good things,” King said.

While the offense is clicking and pitching and defense has improved, King is still expecting more consistency in the latter two aspects of the game.

“We need to continue to improve in both of those areas as well as cutting down on the number of lapses that we have,” the coach said of his team’s pitching and defense. “There are always times when you think you should have played better, but for the most part the girls have stayed focused and worked to improve with each game.”

The Lady Tigers four remaining regular season games are on the road. All are non-district games.

Regional tournaments are to be completed by October 6. As a district champion, Broken Arrow will host a regional. The date for the tournament has not been set.