Class 5A’s No. 2 Bethel blistered Tecumseh (14-4) and Moore (8-0) Friday to move into the title round of the inaugural Big Cat Classic, and the Lady Wildcats came up big there to edge Class 6A’s No. 8 Tulsa Union by a 6-4 count.


Class 5A’s No. 2 Bethel blistered Tecumseh (14-4) and Moore (8-0) Friday to move into the title round of the inaugural Big Cat Classic, and the Lady Wildcats came up big there to edge Class 6A’s No. 8 Tulsa Union by a 6-4 count.

Bethel trailed Union 4-2 after three innings, but went on to hold the Lady Redskins at bay and score a pair of runs each in the fifth and sixth. The Lady Wildcats totaled 12 hits, including two apiece from Kami Adams and Makayla Green, and Michali Thompson went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in.

Cherokee Moore hit a double.

“Overall, just a great team effort,” said Bethel coach Casey Brewer. “Everybody stepped up and did their job.”

Bethel, still undefeated at 14-0, faced six ranked 6A teams at the tournament. Tecumseh, at No. 10, fell behind the Lady Wildcats 4-3 in the first inning and 13-3 in the second. Adams and Bry Flanagan sparked Bethel’s 16-hit offense with three apiece, and Green, Moore and Rachel Wall got two each. Adams, Green and Taylor Short each finished with one double, while Flanagan clubbed a pair of two-baggers.

For Tecumseh, Shyanna Sigman carved out a home run and a double while Catie McBay clubbed a two-run home run. Tristan Trice supplied a double.

Tecumseh committed five errors.

Green threw a five-inning no-hitter in Bethel’s shutout of No. 5 Moore.

“That’s pretty impressive,” Brewer said. “She pitched a great game and had some well-played defense behind her.”

Green and Cati Caro each went 2-for-3 with two RBI in Bethel’s 12-hit outing, and Moore and Flanagan each hit a double. Flanagan finished at 3-for-3 with three RBI.

Bethel will go to Tecumseh Monday for a 4 p.m. three-way contest with the Lady Savages and Seminole.

Tecumseh rebounded from the Bethel loss Friday with an 11-6, five-inning decision over sixth-ranked Jenks. The Lady Savages out-hit Jenks 13-7.

Trice led Tecumseh with a three-run home run. Jordan Deatherage went 3-for-3, all singles, and drove in a run. McBay chipped in with two singles.

In its final game of the day — a battle for fourth place — Tecumseh stranded 11 baserunners in a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Southmoore.
Both teams accumulated eight hits.

Deatherage and Micaela Dugan notched two singles apiece.

Tecumseh, 10-8, will host Seminole and Bethel in a three-way at 4 p.m. Monday.

“I think we got better because this was a great tourney with a lot of great teams,” Tecumseh coach Perry Wilson said.