BLUEJACKET — An 11-run fourth inning helped send Bluejacket on its way to a 17-7 win over Copan in the championship game of their Class B District 18 fast pitch tournament here Thursday, Sept. 21.
The win sends the Lady Chieftains (13-7) on to regional play next week.
The title was the first ever for Bluejacket.
A site and pairings will be announced Monday by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
Copan rolled to a 21-12 win over South Coffeyville then Bluejacket eliminated the Lady Lions 8-7.
A 14-4 win sent the Lady Chieftains into the championship game with Copan.
“We played very good defense throughout all three games,” said Bluejacket coach Shawn Martin “I’m extremely proud of these girls and the effort they put into it tonight. Winning three games back-to-back is difficult and it shows we have developed pitching depth.”
Bluejacket had only seven errors over the three games.
Bluejacket 17, Copan 7
The Lady Chieftains saw a 6-0 first inning lead melt down to 6-4 heading into the bottom of the fourth, when they scored the 11 runs.
Copan got a final three runs in the top of the fifth.
“Our batters got hot in the fourth and put the game out of reach for Copan.
Winning pitcher Haven Kelly had two doubles and a single for the Lady Chieftains, who also got two singles and a double from Lea Hency.
Dee Dee Satterwhite and Sydney Martin had a double and single each while Laura Collins had two singles each.
Taci Mitchell, Shelby Baker and Gracey Brewster chipped in with a base hit each.
Bluejacket 14, Copan 4
The Lady Chieftains collected 11 hits and scored runs in all but one inning.
Hency and Kelly split up pitching duties for Bluejacket.
Hency worked five innings and struck out four while Kelly had a strikeout while working the sixth.
“We got a great job from Lea,” Martin said. “She had excellent control and kept their hit count low.”
Bluejacket set the tone early, breaking out to a 5-0 lead in the first.
The Lady Chieftains scored twice in the second, one time in the third, four in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Kelly and Sydney Martin each had two singles and a double while Satterwhite collected three singles.
Collins picked up two singles and Baker doubled.
“Our hitters got the kinks worked out in the first game and were able to adjust to Copan’s speed,” Shawn Martin said. “The girls methodically worked though the innings, adding runs and then played excellent defense with only two errors.”
Bluejacket 8, South Coffeyville 7
South Coffeyville had grabbed a 7-3 lead in the third, but the Lady Chieftains got back to within a run, scoring once in the fifth and twice in the sixth.
The hosts scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win.
Mitchell drove in Ella Bluejacket to tie the game and Laura Collins drove in Brewster, who beat the throw home and slid under the catcher for the win.
Satterwhite picked up two singles and a double,
Ella Bluejacket had two doubles, Collins a double and single and Baker and Hency, two singles each.
Bassett contributed a single.
Bassett was credited with the win in the circle, pitching 4.1 innings with four strikeouts.
Kelly closed out the game with five strikeouts.
“We actually played some good defense, with only two errors, but our hitting was not there,” Shawn Martin said. “I am proud of my girls. They never quit and kept working and were able to come back in the bottom of the seventh for the win.”