OKLAHOMA CITY —
Amber-Pocasset wasn't even supposed to be at Hall of Fame stadium on Thursday. They should have lost in Fletcher during regionals, based on rankings.
But you wouldn't know that by watching the Panthers play, as they beat No. 2 Rattan in the first round of the state tournament, 4-1 on Thursday afternoon.
"We aren't even supposed to be here," head coach Steve Pelzer said. "We beat the No. 4 team, just now beat the No. 2 team. These girls just want to play."
The Lady Panthers got to the state tournament by beating No. 4 Fletcher on the Lady Wildcats' own field twice to win the regional championship.
During the game against Rattan, the Amber-Pocasset players looked loose and confident, and it paid off on the field.
The Lady Panthers scored the first runs of the game in the third inning, when starting pitcher Maci Brush hit a two-run double that drove home Laci Friesen and Ashtin Green, who both reached base on singles.
"I felt like early if we could get a lead, it really helps," Pelzer said. "They're a great ball club. They do a really good job and they're fundamentally sound."
The Lady Rams responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning, partially due to some defensive mistakes by Am-Po.
The next three innings went scoreless, until the Lady Panthers finally got some breathing room in the top of the seventh.
Green reached base on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch.Mackenzie Croskey also got on base by error, and Brush drove her in with an RBI single that sealed the game.
Green had two singles in the game, and reached base twice on fielding errors by Rattan.