The Roff Lady Tigers’ nemesis the last spring and fall at the state tournament has been the Sasakwa Lady Vikings — who posted wins at the 2009 Class 2A State Slow-Pitch Tournament and the 2009 Class B Fast-Pitch State Tournament (en route to Sasakwa’s back-to-back fast-pitch state titles). Thursday night at Lady Tiger Field, the Roff girls returned the favor.
After losing to Sasakwa 6-5 in the first game of the day in the Class 2A Regional Tournament, the Lady Tigers then went undefeated in the consolation side. They defeated Pontotoc Conference rival Stonewall 8-4 and then avenged the earlier loss to Sasakwa with a 13-9 victory in the consolation championship game to earn a spot in next week’s Class 2A State Tournament — which will be Tuesday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
“(State) was definitely the goal coming into this season,” Roff coach Kathy Gregson said. “Once you get there, you just relax and have fun. Anything can happen once you get there. We showed that in the fall, and, hopefully, we can carry that over.”
A group of Lady Tigers did win the regional-tournament championship, but they hailed from Comanche County as No. 4 Sterling went through the day 2-0 with a 3-1 win over Stonewall and an 11-5 victory over Sasakwa in the championship game.
The two losses for No. 15 Stonewall meant the Lady Longhorns were the only team to go winless on the day at 0-2.
“There were four really good teams over here,” Stonewall coach Christie Jennings said. “It was really a tough regional, and we just fell on the bottom end. But I have some great kids, and a good mass of them coming back next year. So, I think we’ll be OK.”
Roff 13, Sasakwa 9
The sixth-ranked Lady Tigers (15-12) trailed 7-5 entering the third inning, but Jordan Grinstead changed that with one swing of the bat. Her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, tied the game at 7-7 after three innings.
Roff broke a 7-7 tie in the fourth inning with a six-run outburst to get the lead for good.
An two-RBI double by J.J. Stewart, an RBI fielder’s choice by Casey Kelley, a Sasakwa error and Grinstead’s second two-run homer of the game, and fourth round-tripper of the season, gave Roff a 13-7 lead after four innings.
The Lady Vikings (15-7), ranked 10th, tried to mount a late-inning rally. A one-out, RBI double by Cerissa Palmer and a Roff error produced two runs to cut the deficit to 13-9. But Roff starting pitcher Bianca Ott (15-11 at day’s end) got the next batter to ground out back to her to end the game — and sent Roff to state.
“When we were in that lull (after losing the opening game to Sasakwa), I was thinking to myself who we wanted to play,” Gregson said. “And why not play Sasakwa. They’re going to bring out the best in you, or not — and it’s going to show your character. I wanted another chance at them because I felt we’re better than we were the first time we played them (on Thursday).”
For the game, Grinstead was 3-for-4 with her two homers to go for-3 with two runs scored and Monica Miller was 2-for-3 with a run scored for Roff.
In defeat, Wynter Wind was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored, Summer Wind was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the first inning (her second homer of 2010) which gave Sasakwa a 3-0 lead and two runs scored, Nikki Poafphybitty was 2-for-4 with a run scored, Cerissa Palmer was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Shawn Island was 2-for-3 with a run scored for the Lady Vikings. Poafphybitty (13-4 at day’s end) suffered the loss.
Roff 8, Stonewall 4
Trailing 3-1 in the third inning, the Lady Tigers tied the game with the long ball as Stewart hit her fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot, to tie the game at 3-3 after three innings.
Roff took the lead for good in the fourth on a one-out, three-run triple by Tolliver to get a 6-3 advantage at inning’s end.
What would be the last run of the season for the Lady Longhorns (20-17) came on a sacrifice fly by Breann Gipson in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 6-4. However, that would be as close as the Lady ’Horns got.
A two-out, two-RBI triple by Ashlyn McCullar made it 8-4 in the fifth inning.
Stewart was 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored, Taylor Canida was 2-for-3 with a run scored, McCullar was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Miller was 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Roff. Ott got the win.
In defeat, Lyndsey Daffren was 2-for-3 with her seventh home run of the season and a run scored, Cheyanne Miller was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Savannah Burwell was 2-for-3 for Stonewall. Amanda Transue (20-17 at day’s end) suffered the loss.
Sasakwa 6, Roff 5
It looked like at the start of the day, the Lady Vikings were going to have the Lady Tigers’ number again. Sasakwa’s first batter in the seventh inning, Island, hit her second homer of the season, to break a 5-5 tie to lift the Lady Vikings to the victory.
The Lady Tigers took a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Tera Otis and a sacrifice fly by Canida, only to see the Lady Vikings tie the game in their half of the frame on a Roff error and an RBI single by Cerissa Palmer.
For the game, Taylor Factor was 3-for-3 with a run batted in, Poafphybitty (who got the win) was 2-for-3 with a run scored, Summer Wind was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Cerissa Palmer was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Island was 1-for-3 with the game-winning homer for Sasakwa.
In defeat, Grinstead was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored for Roff as Ott suffered the loss.
Sterling 3, Stonewall 1
Trailing 1-0 after an inning, the Lady Tigers (27-9) took the lead for good in the second inning on an RBI single by Kacey Plumbtree and a sacrifice fly by Whitney Jung for a 2-1 advantage. Taylor Schettler’s two-out, RBI double in the third upped the lead to 3-1.
The Lady Longhorns, who stranded eight runners on base, had opportunities — other than the two-out, RBI single by Bradianne Daniel which produced Stonewall’s lone run. In the third and fifth innings, the Lady ’Horns lined into inning-ending double plays, and had a runner thrown out at third base in the seventh inning to end the game.
Schettler was 2-for-3 with a run batted in, while Brook Hardsog was 2-for-4 for Sterling. Trinity Radke got the win.
In defeat, Daniel was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Breann Gipson was 2-for-3 and Brettney Brady was 1-for-3 with a run scored for Stonewall. Transue suffered the loss.
Sterling 11, Sasakwa 5
Trailing 5-2 in the fifth inning, the Lady Tigers rallied for their state-tournament berth victory with a five-run fifth. RBI singles by Radke and Schettler, a two-RBI single by Shelbi Smith and an RBI single by Plumbtree made it 7-5 in favor of Sterling heading into the sixth inning.
The eventual regional champions added four insurance runs in the sixth inning on a two-RBI double by Radke, a Sasakwa error and an RBI single by Summer Weeks to make it 11-5.
“When you beat yourself, it’s never much fun,” Sasakwa coach Johnny Loggins said. “We gave those two games (losses) up — by errors and not playing the type of defense we normally play. On any given day, if you don’t play your best, you can get beat. We didn’t play our best in two games, and we’re going home.”
For the game, Emily Fehring was 4-for-4 with three runs scored, Schettler was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, Smith was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, Kimberlin Turpin was 3-for-4, Hardsog was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Radke (who got the win) was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored for Sterling.
In defeat, Poafphybitty (who suffered the loss) was 4-for-4 with a run scored, Summer Wind was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, Tiffany Contreras was 2-for-3 with a run scored and C.J. Palmer was 2-for-4 for Sasakwa.