Olivia Meek had been rather quiet throughout the day. The Norman senior had just been enjoying playing in the 2011 All-State slowpitch game.
But with her Large West team leading by only two runs, Meek was able to score one final run for the team in the top of the ninth and put her team up 8-5. It ended up being the game-winning score as the Large West defeated the Large East 8-7 at the University of Oklahoma Softball Complex Saturday.
“I am just happy I had an opportunity to play for this team,” Meek said. “They are all really good players. I am just glad I was able to get on base and that one of my other teammates was able to send me in.”
It was Tara Goodman of Tecumseh who knocked Meek in with a single to left that gave the West the insurance.
However, Tulsa Union’s Samantha McGraw smashed a 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to bring the East to within one run. The homer bounced off the glove of Westmoore’s Rachel Rischard and over the fence.
Rischard, who will be attending Oklahoma in the fall, didn’t let the miscue ruin her experience. Besides making a running catch from center field, she collected two hits, scored a run in the fourth and barely missed scoring another in the seventh.
“I thought it was really fun because you got to play with people you normally play against,” Rischard said. “And now you are a team. It was surprisingly easy to do. None of us were like stupid enemies. It was fun. I am glad I was able to do good and help them out.”
Rischard scored off a hit by Jaguar teammate Kendra Pierce. Pierce, who will be playing fastpitch softball at Oklahoma Christian University in the fall, was 2-for-3 at the plate on the day.
“It was fun,” Pierce said. “It’s a big honor to be able to play with the best out of the best in Oklahoma. It is really cool. Everybody is here to watch the best get on the field.”
Southmoore’s Haley Strawn and Moore’s Hannah Coker also had strong days for the Large West squad. Coker had a couple of hits while Strawn made an over-the-fence catch in the first inning that prevented an East home run.
“It was s a lot of fun,” Coker said. “It was a lot of fun to play with all the best girls in the state. You are out there with girls who are going D-I, junior college, all over.”
Bailey Goldsby, Logan Huey and Kaile Marcum of Purcell, Little Axe’s Peyton Watson and Lacey Williams joined Blanchard’s Nicole and Samantha Plott also contributed in the victory. Purcell coach Jamie Roberts earned the win.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” Meek said. “You can never get another chance like this. If you do, I’d encourage you to take it. It’s probably one of the biggest highlights of my summer and high school career.”