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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Tecumseh, Bethel in state tourney

  • With last week’s regional wins, Tecumseh and Bethel will both play in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state fast-pitch tournament Thursday at the Ball Fields at FireLake in Shawnee.
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  • With last week’s regional wins, Tecumseh and Bethel will both play in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state fast-pitch tournament Thursday at the Ball Fields at FireLake in Shawnee.
     
    Both are on opposite sides of the eight-team bracket, so there is a chance there could be an all-Pottawatomie County showdown for the title.
     
    The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with Tecumseh taking on Blanchard. Bethel will follow at 1 p.m. against Tuttle.
     
    Both games will be played on Field 1.
     
    The Lady Savages ended the regular season ranked fifth, and went 3-1 in regional play to reach state. They went 2-0 on the first day with wins over Mount Saint Mary (7-4) and Broken Bow (11-9), then went 1-1 on the final day with a 9-1 loss and a 15-1 win against Mount Saint Mary.
     
    Tecumseh, entering at 24-11, is making its first appearance in a fast-pitch state tournament since 2001.
     
    Bethel, ranked sixth to end the regular season, went 3-0 in regional play with wins over Seminole (5-0) and Poteau (6-1 and 4-0).
     
    Bethel won back-to-back fast-pitch crowns in 1998 and 1999.
     
    Other teams in the Class 4A state field are Hilldale, Cache and Ft. Gibson and defending champion Oologah-Talala. Hilldale and Oologah-Talala will play at 3 p.m., and Cache and Ft. Gibson will play at 5 p.m.
     
    The winner between Tecumseh and Blanchard will take on the Oologah-Talala-Hilldale winner at noon Friday in the semifinals, while the Bethel-Tuttle winner will face the Cache-Ft. Gibson winner at 2 p.m.
     
    The championship game will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday on Field 4.
     
    Hilldale finished the regular season ranked first, while Ft. Gibson and Tuttle were second and third, respectively. Cache was ranked 10th, and Oologah-Talala was 16th.

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