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March 13, 2013

No. 1 Moore earns top ranking

MOORE — The Moore slowpitch softball team has been busy to start season. After rolling over Norman North 12-0 Monday, the top-ranked Lions moved to 11-0. No other team in 6A has played as many.

“I feel that we have been playing pretty good overall,” MHS coach Michael Wakefield said. “But in saying that we have to get more consistent at the place. We will score multiple runs than not score for an inning or two. In slowpitch you have to score every inning and keep the pressure on the other team to do the same.”

Over the weekend, the Lions proved they are worthy of the No. 1 ranking by winning the Tulsa Union Tournament. They beat No. 7 Southmoore (5-2), No. 18 Bixby (19-1), No. 20 Sapulpa (10-2), No. 11 Sand Springs (10-1) and No. 4 Union (10-7) and No. 3 Broken Arrow (2-0).

“We are young in a few positions so to be able to win early in the season against teams like Broken Arrow, Tulsa Union and Southmoore is really big for their confidence,” Wakefield said. “Hannah Lynch, Caitlin Hall and Kylie Gaither all had huge tournaments batting over .800 as a group.”

With Spring Break coming up, the Lions will not have another game until Nov. 25 at Norman. Then it will face defending champion Westmoore for the first time this season Nov. 26.

Wakefield believes it is the Lions turn to bring the state title back to MHS.

“I feel like we are a well rounded team that doesn’t have one particular strength or weakness,” Wakefield said. “We just need to keep getting better and bring our best game every game which is tough to do when you play as often as we do. We have said from day one that the goal of this team is one thing and that is to win a State Championship.”

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