The Guthrie softball team will host a regional tournament for the first time since 1998. It’s been 20 years since the LadyJays have been able to play a postseason tournament from the confines of their own field, but Guthrie secured second place in the district standings Thursday afternoon with a 5-3 win over Woodward.
“One of our goals at the start of the season was to host a regional,” Guthrie head coach Booker Blakley said. “If you get to host one, it means you’ve done pretty well and luckily for us we’ve played pretty well so far.”
The LadyJays opened the first inning with Drew Dodgion driving in Trenda LeGrande on an RBI single to right to put Guthrie ahead 1-0.
Guthrie added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning when Addy Awbrey scored on an error followed by Karlie Huffer scoring on a LeGrande RBI ground out to put Guthrie up 3-0.
Woodward trimmed Guthrie’s lead to one after a two-run fifth inning. With the pressure on to add an insurance run, Guthrie got one thanks to LeGrande and Dodgion.
With two outs away, LeGrande drove in Jules Leach on a infield single. Dodgion drove in LeGrande with an line drive to left field to put Guthrie ahead 5-2.
Woodward added their final run in the bottom of the seventh, but it would not be enough as Guthrie picked up its 10th district win of the season.
Karrah Dean picked up her eighth win inside the circle, pitching seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out nine. After the win, the celebration was tame. This squad has bigger goals to accomplish.
“There was some happiness with the girls,” Blakley said. “Any time you beat a team like Woodward, you’re happy. The girls weren’t too over the top. They’re excited but they know this is just a step towards accomplishing our other goals. I couldn’t be more proud of the girls. All the success we’ve had so far is because of the girls. They’ve put the work in. They’re the reason we’re hosting a regional.”
The LadyJays will be back in action Monday when they travel to El Reno. They’ll be back home on Tuesday for senior night against Western Heights before traveling to Shawnee on Thursday. They’ll close out the regular season on October 1st when they host Weatherford.
The regional bracket hasn’t been finalized, yet, but if things shake out as expected, Guthrie could have Ardmore in their regional as the two-seed. Ardmore ended the LadyJays season last year in the Ardmore regional.