TROUTVILLE, Va. – Oklahoma Baptist wrapped itself in another championship banner as the Lady Bison claimed the NCCAA Softball World Series with an 8-1 win over Bluefield Thursday.
"Wow, that's amazing," said Coach Pam Fink. "I wasn't sure we'd ever get one of these. Our girls played great all tournament long."
McKenzie Jones and Amanda Peterson combined on a two-hitter on their way to All-Tournament status. Jones was charged with one run in her 3.1 innings of work, striking out four batters.
Bluefield scored their one run in the fourth and had a walk and two hits in the inning before Jones, a highly-revered senior, left the game with hugs from the infielders. Peterson got out of the jam with minimal damage and continued for 3.2 no-hit innings.
"Our pitchers were sharp all week," Fink said. "I can't say enough about Amanda and McKenzie and those complete games by Bailee (Saye against Bluefield in pool play) and Haylee (Zimmerman against Cedarville) were huge for us."
The pitching staff had a combined 0.50 earned run average for the tournament.
OBU got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first when Katie Reyes walked, stole second and scored on a base hit by Cheyenne Demaree.
The Lady Bison took two more runs in the third when, with two outs, Tournament MVP Bry Flanagan singled, stole second and scored on a single by Jill Shipman. Shipman later scored on an RBI walk by Sam Barry.
Flanagan batted .692 (9-13) for the tournament with a grand slam, two doubles and seven RBIs. She slugged 1.077 with a .733 on-base percentage.
"Bry was incredible," Fink said. "From midseason on, she has just been on fire."
Flanagan busted a two-run double to plate Madison Vaughan and Reyes in the top of the fourth.
OBU scored twice in the fifth when Shelby Savage singled, stole second and third before scoring on a squeeze bunt by Reyes. Vaughan doubled and scored on a single to right by Demaree for the final 8-1 margin.
The Lady Bison had 10 hits, including three by Shipman and two by Flanagan.
Miranda Garza and Jones also had hits in the game.
Four seniors – Jones, Shipman, Barry and Vaughan – graduate the program as National Champions.
"I'm going to miss those girls," Fink said. "They've meant a lot to the program and I'm so glad they got to go out like this."
Also on the championship squad are Rachel Birchfield, Morgan Hughes, Kayla Johnson, Rayna Villa, Shannon Mannon and Kursten Bergene.
The championship is OBU's seventh this year. OBU swept men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and men's and women's tennis. OBU has 32 national championships in 11 different sports.