After a long winter of shooting basketball, I was introduced to a completely different animal. Baseball and Softball. I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to Texoma teams, but I got my answer pretty quickly, and that answer was success.
These last few weeks have been filled with many a busy Saturday, following our Texoma teams as they plunged deep into playoff contention. First up was our slow pitch softball teams in Oklahoma. Several teams made it to the state tournament, but only one team was able to clinch a title. And that was the Tushka Lady Tigers.
In a game filled by high run output and heavy rain in the middle, the lady Tigers emerged victorious in a thrilling game over Dale.
After the conclusion of softball, the Oklahoma baseball playoffs got under way. The first team worth noting was the Silo Rebels. The Rebels are no stranger to championships, they'd won 8 in the last 11 years, but in a game in which the Dale Pirates almost tripled their hits, the Rebels won a thriller 3-2 and clinched another title for the school.
The Plainview Indians had a thrilling run to the championship game themselves, but after beating Byng in an extra innings slugfest, the Indians magic ran out, as they fell to Berryhill in the 4-A title game.
The Texas playoffs took a couple extra weeks to get off and rolling, but they definitely did not lack excitement.
The softball finals featured two Texoma teams, the Pilot Point Lady Bearcats and the Sam Rayburn Lady Rebels. The Lady Rebs had 5 players going to play college ball after the season, but it wasn't enough, as they dropped a tough contest to Weimar. Things went differently for Pilot Point however, as the Lady Cats pulled out a gutty come from behind victory to take home the 2-A title.
The final part of my odyssey across Texoma was this last weekend, when the long delayed Class A Oklahoma baseball state tournament wrapped up. This one ended up with an all Texoma final, pitting the Rattan Rams against the Roff Tigers. And in what I feel was an appropriate end to the baseball and softball seasons, they had to play extras in this one, and in the end, Rattan emerged a 5-3 victor in one of the most exciting ball games I have ever seen.
A couple of other teams worth mentioning are the Trenton Tigers baseball team, who was dropped by Stamford in the state semi-final, and the TCS Softball team, who lost in the to Bellville Faith Academy.
It was a sensational season of baseball and softball all over Texoma, and I'm glad I got to share it with these fantastic teams. Hopefully, next year will be more of the same.