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May 24, 2014

South completes Kiamichi sweep

WILBURTON — The North may have brought some talented all-stars to Wilburton, but the 42nd Annual Kiamichi All-Star Classic belonged to the South.

The South beat the North 13-10 in slowpitch softball and 10-3 in baseball Saturday at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton.

“Lots of baseball in southeast Oklahoma,” South and Hugo baseball coach Chance Baker said.

“You have quite a few schools that play year-round that are not football schools, so they get several (more) games and get lots of practice.”

Coupled with twin basketball wins Friday, the South won all four games of the Classic.

South Girls 13, North Girls 10

A low-scoring game through the first three innings, the South broke the game open with an eight-run bottom of the fourth. Tushka’s Kelsey Chambers led off the bottom of the fourth with a single down the third base line, then Brenna House followed Chambers with a single to center.

Bailey Scarberry drew a walk to load the bases, then Taylor Pence drove in Chambers with a sacrifice fly to center field that tied the game 3-3. Stuart’s Cierra Chapman singled to center to plate a run, as did Julia Acklen and Sarah Simpson for a 6-3 lead.

Wilburton’s Sam Vanderburg beat out an infield single to reload the bases, then Kareesa Kennedy smacked a two-RBI single into right field. Lindsey Broughton drove in a run with a ground out to shortstop, then Taylor Pickett beat out another infield single to plate the eighth run of the inning and put the South up 10-3.

“If you’ll play defense after you do that, stop the other team from having one of those big innings, you’re in pretty good shape,” South and Rattan coach Paul Watts said.

“I coach at a small school, and all of my players are small-school players. They just play hard, get a good pitch and hit it hard, and have fun.”

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