Am-Po

The Amber-Pocasset softball team celebrates a Caton Muncy home run in the semifinals of the Class 3A state tournament. It was Muncy's walk-off home run in the first round that sent the Lady Panthers to the semifinals.

A little while back, I wrote two columns about the top sports moments from the previous school year.

One of those columns was about the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and the other was about area high schools. This column will focus on the high schools and USAO and will focus on some of the most memorable plays.

Muncy hits walk-off home run at state tournament

This play comes from the spring in the Class 3A state tournament in Shawnee and involves the Amber-Pocasset softball team.

Am-Po trailed Strother 7-5 in the seventh inning and was down to its final out. Two players then reached base, setting up Caton Muncy.

Muncy took advantage of the opponent’s inability to finish, hitting a walk-off home run to give the Lady Panthers an 8-7 win. Am-Po advanced to the state title game before falling to Navajo.

Kite puts Am-Po up for good against Ripley

Sticking with Am-Po softball, Bailey Kite came up huge for the Lady Panthers multiple times during the Class A state tournament in the fall. One of those times came in the state title game against Ripley.

The two teams were tied 1-1 in the sixth inning when Kite stepped up to the plate. Kite delivered a run-scoring hit that put the Lady Panthers in the lead for good.

The Lady Panthers defeated Ripley 5-1 for the state championship.

Berryhill scores winning touchdown against Bethany

District foes Tuttle and Bethany were tied in the fourth quarter with the Class 4A state title on the line.

As a dual-threat quarterback, it was Carson Berryhill’s legs that got the job done in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 35-28 victory.

With the game tied at 28, Berryhill found the end zone on a 29-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers ahead for good. Tuttle won its first state title since 2005 with the victory.

Shaffer delivers tournament title

Heston Shaffer helped Chickasha soccer win its tournament with a sequence of three plays that he made against Madill.

With Madill just one successful penalty kick away from the championship, Shaffer stepped up in goal.

Shaffer then stepped up to the penalty spot, making the PK before heading back to goal for what would be Madill's final shot. He came up big again to clinch the victory.

Peterson hits clutch shot

Shots do not get much more clutch than the one that Hutch Peterson made for the Drovers during the national tournament.

As the No. 7 seed in their portion of the national tournament bracket, the Drovers took on No. 2 seed The Master’s University and came away with a 78-75 victory. 

That margin came from Peterson’s running 3-pointer at the buzzer to help the Drovers advance to the next round. Those three points were his only points of the game.

Hatter hits walk-off home run

Hatter

Randa Hatter stands at the plate for USAO during a game from the 2019 season. Hatter hit a walk-off home run against Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the conference tournament.

With USAO trailing in the bottom of the seventh inning and their win streak on the line during the conference tournament, Randa Hatter stepped up with a runner on base.

USAO trailed Southwestern Assemblies of God University 1-0 in the seventh inning. It was Hatter’s walk-off two-run home run that proved to be the difference.

Laureano blasts walk-off home

Ian Laureano could not have come up bigger against Westmont College in the NAIA Opening Round. With the game tied at four in the bottom of the 12th inning, Laureano hit a three-run blast to end the game and send the Drovers to the Avista NAIA World Series.

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