David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

David Reeder

Special to the Grove Sun

KEOTA-After winning their district, the Oaks Lady Warriors knew they would probably have to travel a fair distance to play in the Class A fast pitch softball regional tournament.† That would be an understatement in that they would get to go 102 miles and across four counties to play in Keota. And the setting in Haskell County was at best cozy.††

In their opening game of the tournament, the Oaks ladies were unable to kindle any offense and fell to the Rattan Lady Rams by a 5-0 score. As a result of Keotaís earlier loss to Smithville, Oaks took on the host Lady Lions in the tournamentís first elimination game. Chynna Cooper scored for the Lady Warriors in the first, but Keota came right back with a run of their own.†

Oaks was only able to muster one run over the next five innings, while over the same time, the Lady Lions managed to hang a half a dozen more on their guests.† Down by five with two innings to play, Oaks needed at least one big inning to stay in the hunt.† But despite scoring three more in their half of the fifth and sixth, the Lady Warriors let Keota add four more, resulting in the 11-5 final.