One LeFlore County area team out of four advanced in its Fast-Pitch state tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City as quarterfinals took place Thursday.
Whitesboro (24-4) won 6-0 against Buffalo Valley (31-10) in its Class B quarterfinal as Madison Grogan threw a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Kinley Barron was 3-for-3 with an RBI. BV's Khloe Haile and Courtney Grey each had five strikeouts in three innings. This is Whitesboro's fifth straight state tournament trip and second in three years in which it advanced. Whitesboro plays Roff in its semifinal Friday at 4 p.m. on Hall of Fame Field.
Pocola (35-5) lost 3-0 to Amber-Pocasset (30-5) in its Class 2A state quarterfinal despite Allyssa Parker throwing eight strikeouts and allowing only four hits. Pocola loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, but was unable to score. Pocola softball head coach Eddie Combs said the team's 35 wins are its most in the past 30 years.
Red Oak (29-14) lost 6-5 to Navajo (35-5) in its Class A quarterfinal. Red Oak led 3-1 in the top of the third inning, but Navajo scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Trailing by three in the top of the seventh, Red Oak's Graciee Noggle put the team within one with a two-run single, but a double play ended it.