NORMAN — The final score didn’t tell the whole story for Braden Bradshaw. Playing in the All-State fastpitch game Saturday, her West squad lost 9-0 to the East. As a team they accounted for only three hits in nine innings.
However, for Bradshaw, just getting back on the field was the biggest achievement for the Southmoore senior.
“It was actually pretty nice,” Bradshaw said. “Being able to go back to normal, play softball, it gets your mind off of everything that’s been going on. Everybody’s lives are so stressed out with losses, so you get back to playing softball, this makes me happy.”
Bradshaw was one of four area athletes to play in the game for the West. The team included Westmoore’s Mariah Peace and the Moore duo of Caitlyn Hall and Hannah Lynch.
None of the players had a particularly strong game at the plate. But they still found a way to enjoy themselves.
“It went all right,” Peace said. “We had fun. We had fun in our last game. That’s what matters.”
Bradshaw, who has signed to play at Seminole State, had to first overcome her nerves before she could completely enjoy the moment and playing at the University of Oklahoma’s Marita Hynes Field.
“I was extremely, extremely nervous,” Bradshaw said. “I was shaking. I am normally not like that. It’s been five months since I played fastptch since we’ve been in the slowpitch itch season. I was like ‘I hope I don’t suck.’ I have a lot of coaches, especially my college coach who has never seen me play before. She said I have heard so many great things about you. I am excited for you to come to our school. I have to live up to what’s she’s heard.”