Softball stuns Broken Arrow, punches ticket to state tournament
Jenks softball hit the road last week to compete in the 6A regional tournament at Broken Arrow as the No. 2 seed.
When it was all said and done, the Lady Trojans left Broken Arrow as the No. 1 team in that regional, as they captured the regional title and advanced to the 6A State Softball Tournament.
Jenks took on Bartlesville Thursday to open the regional and took down the Bruins 7-1 behind the arm of Kayla Adams. Later that afternoon, the Lady Trojans took on regional host Broken Arrow in the winners’ bracket game and took down the Lady Tigers 6-0 behind a stellar pitching performance from Emma Lang.
On Friday, Jenks took on Broken Arrow again in the regional championship game. Since the Lady Trojans had beat the Lady Tigers Thursday, Broken Arrow had to beat Jenks twice to advance to the state tournament, while the Lady Trojans had to beat BA just once to advance.
Lang got the ball again in the first game against the Lady Tigers and took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning when a couple of questionable ball and strike calls loaded the bases for Broken Arrow, which ended up scoring four in the inning giving BA the 6-3 win forcing the rubber match.
The win-or-go-home game took place directly following and Jenks left no doubt winning 9-1 behind a strong pitching performance from Adams to clinch the regional championship.
The Lady Trojans got big hits throughout the tournament from Faith Russell, Dacia Sexton, Lauren Allen and Avery Brewer.
Jenks will open the 6A State Softball Tournament at 1:30 p.m. Thursday against Southmoore at the Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.
The state tournament is a single-elimination format.
If the Lady Trojans beat Southmoore Thursday, they will play in the semifinal round at 11 a.m. Friday and if they win that game, they will play in the 6A state championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday.
All the state tournament games will be played at the Softball Hall Fame Complex.
Going into the state tournament, Jenks has a record of 28-13 and have only allowed more than four runs five times.