OKLAHOMA CITY — One day after her Asher squad saw its season come to an end at the state tournament, head coach Tari Dubler could find some consolation in the 7-4 semifinal loss to eventual champion Red Oak.
Red Oak’s other two tournament foes were left in the dust at Hall of Fame Stadium. Leedey fell 12-0 in the opening round and Arnett was an 11-0 loser in the finals. Both games ended in run-rule fashion.
Asher never led in the semifinals after Red Oak went up 4-0 in the top of the third inning. Down 5-1, Asher scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and a single run in the seventh after Red Oak scored twice in the top of the frame.
Red Oak compiled 14 hits to eight for Asher. Bailey Larman led Asher with a triple and single. Tarin Dubler and Braxton Frazier added two singles apiece.
Asher launched the tournament with a 14-9 win over Coleman. Asher never trailed with its largest lead at 9-2.
Asher outhit Coleman 15-13 as Frazier was the featured hitter at 3 of 4 including a solo home run and double. She drove in three runs.
Madi Hamilton of Asher was 3 for 4, including a double, while Dubler chipped in with a triple and single. Rayanna Cheatwood recorded two singles.
Asher finished the season at 30-7.
Seniors Shelby Fleming, Desaray Goodgion and Marissa Cheatwood completed their high school softball careers.
“We played a tough schedule to get ready for the playoffs,” Tari Dubler said. “We just didn’t get it done, but it wasn’t for lack of effort. We had a great group of kids.”