EARLSBORO — When this school year started, Mallory Maloy was a pretty typical high school student.

A sophomore at Earlsboro High School, she excelled in art and drama, she was a pitcher on the school’s softball team, and, along with everybody else, she cheered when the Earlsboro boys advanced to this year’s Class B state tournament.

But since the Class B baseball playoffs began this spring, Mallory has been anything but typical.

With Earlsboro struggling to find enough players to field a baseball team, Maloy — the niece of Ada High girls basketball coach Jeff Maloy — and another girl made the switch from softball to baseball and last week helped the Wildcats advance out of their district and into this week’s regional tournament at Coleman.

“Earlsboro had very few kids out for the baseball team, and they asked Mallory and the superintendent’s daughter to come out,” Jeff Maloy said. “Mark (Mallory’s father) didn’t want to push her. She had to get out of drama and art to play baseball, and he was surprised she did.

She likes drama, but she loves sports,” Maloy added. “She’s getting to play, so she’s happy.”

Jeff Maloy said Mallory started and played second base in at least one of Earlsboro’s three district games, and she “got on base a couple of times and scored a couple of runs, and defensively she made a couple of plays”.        

With Earlsboro still alive in the playoffs, Maloy said he and some of his family will make the trip to Coleman for the Wildcats’ game with Thackerville at 3:30 p.m. To advance to the state tournament, Earlsboro will have to get past third-ranked Lookeba-Sickles later in the regional, but Maloy said his niece is enjoying the ride for as long it lasts.

“She got an opportunity, and she’s taking advantage of it,” Maloy said.