The Moore American

May 1, 2012

Jaguars claim slow pitch state title

Jags keep emotions in check, downs Union

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

OKLAHOMA CITY — OKLAHOMA CITY — A month ago, Westmoore suffered its first loss of the season and Taylor Green suffered the biggest loss in her life. A day after losing to Tulsa Union in the Big Cat Classic, the senior was walking off the field from a Jaguar’s win and got a text that her grandfather had just died.

Green cried uncontrollably as her teammates, coaches and family consoled her.

On Tuesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Green was back on the field facing the Redskins again. This time, when it was over she was emotional for another reason. Westmoore defeated Union 18-7 to win the 6A slow pitch championship and she knew her grandfather was celebrating with the team.

“I think my grandpa is watching over me, definitely,” Green said. “He’s the reason I have been pushing myself as hard as I have been. I feel like he has got me this far. It was tough at the beginning. Then I      realized, he has the best seat in the house.”

Westmoore finished the season with a 40-2 record to claim the school’s second slow pitch championship in six years and 10th overall.

Coach Steve Schwarz was glad the team could win it for Green and her grandfather.

“That was like a second father to her,” Schwarz said. “It just made it special. That’s something you can say, ‘Grandpa, look what I did.’ I just enjoyed that we could do that for her and the rest of the kids as well.”

It was an emotional night for the seniors as well as they concluded their careers as the best in the state.

“I am just filled with emotions,” Alysa Phillips said. “I am excited, happy. I am sad it’s over, but so happy to end my high school career with a win.”

Westmoore’s Mariah Piece led off the game with a solo homer to center field and helped the Jaguars to grab a 2-0 lead.

The Redskins answered back with a two-run homer by Kayla Patterson over the left field fence to tie the game. They added three more runs and to take quick, 5-2 advantage.

The Jags didn’t rattle. They have battled back from deficits the entire season.

Westmoore scored two runs in the second and two in the third before they brought out the big bats. A five-run fourth inning and seven in the fifth closed the curtain on Union.

“We were down a lot this year and fought back and won,” Westmoore coach Steve Schwarz said. “I think that was a key. And the intensity. We get them fired up a little bit. They went a long with it and got more and more aggressive.”

The Jags got big hits from Patty Padget, Rachel Ford, Phillips and almost everyone up and down the lineup. It was the type of team effort they have used to hold onto that No. 1 spot the entire season.

“It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had,” Padgett said. “This is what we were shooting for and something I’ve been dreaming of since I was little.”

Westmoore defeated Tecumseh in the first round before knocking rival Moore out of the big show with a 16-0 slamming. The Lions defeated Southmoore 16-1 in the opening round.