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HEAVENER â€” With just a pair of wins Thursday afternoon at the Class 5A Regional Tournament in McAlester, the Heavener Lady Wolves won the regional title â€” and trip to today's state tournament at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The Lady Wolves (27-9) will meet Blanchard at 10 a.m. this morning, with three more wins winning a state title.
Heavener won the regional title on Tiffany Taylor's RBI single in the ninth inning, which scored Elyssa Turner from third base, to down Henryetta. Senior rover, and soon-to-be Carl Albert State College Lady Viking, Logan Hinds said it is hard to put into words the feeling felt at that moment.
â€śI can't describe the feeling,â€ť she said. â€śI was really happy that we won. I'm looking forward to it.â€ť
Today's state-tournament appearance helps overshadow some of the frustrating things for the Lady Wolves, like losing in this season's LeFlore County Tournament game to Poteau.
â€śWe seniors hadn't been to state at all,â€ť Hinds said. â€śThis was going to be our last chance, and we were excited that we're getting to go.â€ť
â€śI'm excited to go out with being at the state tournament,â€ť senior shortstop Jordan Kannady said.
But the Lady Wolves aren't just excited to be there. They're expecting to win it.
â€śI think we have a chance,â€ť senior catcher Heather Moore said. â€śI think we're playing our best right now.â€ť
The Lady Wolves lost an 11-10 slugfest one week ago today, but Moore said that contest helped them out when it came to the regional tournament 48 hours later.
â€śIt got us ready (for the regional),â€ť she said. â€śI'm glad we played the game.â€ť
By approximately 4:30 to 5 p.m. this afternoon, the Lady Wolves could be crowned Class 5A state champions. All three seniors tried to describe what that feeling may be like.
â€śI think that would be totally awesome, and I think we can do it,â€ť Kannady said.
â€śI can't imagine what I'm going to feel like,â€ť Hinds said. â€śI'm probably going to go crazy, but I'm really excited about our chances.â€ť
â€śIt would be unbelievable,â€ť Moore said. â€śI can't think of a better way to go out. We're three wins away. I'm excited, especially being a senior.â€ť