The softball season has come and gone, but two Logan County players will get to represent their teams one more time.
Guthrie High School’s Karrah Dean and Crescent High School’s Mariah Lovett were both selected to the Oklahoma High School Fast Pitch Softball Association All-State softball teams.
The annual OHSFPSA All-State softball games are set for June 8 at Oklahoma Christian University.
Dean was selected as the starting pitcher for the Large West team. The senior pitcher was incredible for the LadyJays from start to finish. She finished the season with a record of 12-2. She racked up 136 strikeouts, 30 walks and only 66 hits. She finished with a 1.806 Earned Run Average.
In the postseason, Dean pitched a no-hitter, picking up two wins, while striking out 36 batters.
When she wasn’t impacting the game inside the circle, she was dominating at the plate. She hit a staggering .571 at the plate, hitting 10 home runs, and finished with a team-high 40 RBIs.
“She was our go to person on offense and inside the circle,” Guthrie Head Coach Booker Blakley said. “She had this certain expectation for herself and every day she met them. She never strayed away from the big moments. She is a very special player.”
Dean is the 12th All-state selection for Guthrie and the first Guthrie player to make All-State since Madison Dutton was selected in 2015. She is only the third All-Stater for the LadyJays since 1998.
It was a special season for Dean, who led Guthrie to a 23-6 record and their second state appearance in four years. Her performance this year speaks to why she was selected. Her head coach knew she would be an All-Stater after the first practice.
“I got to hear a lot about her before I got her,” Blakley said. “The first day of practice when I saw her hit, I knew this was probably going to be the end result for her. You could just tell she was a special talent right away.”
Crescent’s Mariah Lovett was named a starting outfielder for the Small West team. Lovett was the backbone for the Lady Tigers this season, providing some key leadership for a squad that needed it early on. Once the Lady Tigers settled into the season, Lovett turned into an on base machine, hitting an even .500 at the plate. She finished with an on base percentage of .579 and a slugging percentage of .632.
As good as Lovett was at reaching base, she was just as good at making the opposing pitcher work inside the circle. Lovett struck out only five times this season. In the outfield, Lovett was just as consistent. She finished with a fielding percentage of .842.
“The first couple of weeks we struggled to find an identity,” Crescent Head Softball Coach Shawn Booth said. “She became a tremendous leader for us. She was like our Cal Ripken. She wasn’t very vocal but everyone was going to follow her. She really got us going. She’s an outstanding girl. She has great speed and she just does stuff right. I can’t say enough good things about her as a person or a player.”
Lovett’s year came to an early end thanks to a season-ending leg injury against Carney. Lovett attempted to beat a throw home and on the slide at the plate, her leg collided with the shin guard of the catcher, breaking her leg. The injury happened a week before the district tournament.
“It was a huge blow for us,” Booth said. “She had to have surgery on her leg and I think that really messed with our teams psyche.”
Thanks to surgery, Lovett’s recovery time has been cut in half. She is expected to be back the last half of the Lady Tigers basketball season. She will also be ready to play in the OHSFPSA All-State game on June 8.
“Right before the injury, she was starting to really hit the ball well,” Assistant Coach Karl Butt said. “She was a tremendous outfielder for us. She was just a really great player for us. She deserves all the success she has gotten.”
Lovett is the first Lady Tiger to be selected to the All-State team since Sarrah Mains made it in 2015. Booth says Lovett did a great job of continuing to elevate the program and the respect that comes with being called a Crescent Lady Tiger.
“The last 10 years of softball has helped build Crescent into the name that it is,” Booth said. “Mariah has helped empower the Crescent name. She was outstanding for us. She was a four-year starter and did things the right way. I can’t say enough good things about her.”