OKLAHOMA CITY – For the second season in a row, the Tecumseh Lady Savages will have to settle for the runner-up title in Class 4A fast pitch. The Lady Savages lost to Tuttle 5-0 Saturday in the championship game of the State Tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
“We're very disappointed, but I'm very proud of my team and their fight and their heart. It didn't go our way today, but it wasn't from a lack of effort. This group has fought all year long. I'm super proud of them,” coach Chad Trahan said.
The girls faced Tuttle two times previous in their regular season and won each time by one run, but were unable to get their bats going in their third meeting Saturday.
Sierra Humphrey earned a single in the first and another in the sixth for the only two hits of the game for the Lady Savages. They had runners in scoring position two times early, but were unable to convert for a run in either instance.
Tuttle rolled out pitcher Macy McAdoo for the contest, who the Lady Savages hadn't met in either previous outing and gave them trouble.
“We hadn't seen this pitcher. She didn't throw against us the first two times and she was dominant today,” Trahan said. “We had our chances. We had some runners on and we just couldn't get that one big hit. You have to give her credit, you have to give them credit.”
Caitlin Bingham threw the complete game for the Lady Savages, giving up nine hits and walking one.
The game went scoreless through three innings before Makenna Parker singled to drive in Kamryn Rackley in the top of the fourth and go ahead 1-0. Tuttle added another run in the sixth on a fielder's choice from Parker and an error and went on a 3-run rally in the seventh.
The Lady Savages finish the season with a record of 38-5 and graduate nine seniors in Bingham, Humphrey, Franki Hull, Suni Meely, Carly Scallorn, Erin Harris, Ashley Santino, Andee Ellis and Amanda Pierce. Starters Channing Scallorn, Taylor Walker and Kalie Johnson are expected to return next season.
“Our senior group has been special. I hate to lose them, but we've got some good, young kids that will be ready to play and we're gonna come back next year and do everything we can to try to get another opportunity to get where we were this year,” Trahan said.