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Oklahoma high school softball: Mustang will use 2020 COAC championship win as a 'springboard'

Payton Henry and Eden Anderson were pivotal hitters in the middle of the lineup for Mustang last week. 

As the four and five-hole batters, the duo both hit 3-for-4 (.750) in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference championship game. 

With their help, Mustang won the COAC championship with a 10-8 win over Moore at Wildshorse Park on Saturday. 

“Payton had three RBI in that game,” Mustang coach Lacy Darity said. “And with Eden hitting in the four spot right in front of her, that allowed us to push some runs across the board. Those two did a great job of just helping us produce runs.”

Mustang opened the two-day, three-game tournament against Yukon. After falling behind early, the Broncos won 3-2 by tying the game and scoring the go-ahead run in the final inning. 

Their next battle was against Edmond Memorial, an opponent Mustang had not beaten in their previous two matchups of the season. But the Broncos started strong and that catapulted them to an 11-5 victory. 

“I think the big thing for us is our kids just went to the plate with a different mindset than we had in the previous two games,” Darity said about Mustang’s success against the talented Edmond Memorial pitchers. “We were aggressive early and that allowed us to get some timely hits and score some runs we hadn’t been able to push across in previous games.”

The tournament win will likely give Mustang (18-8) a confidence boost heading into a tough final stretch of the regular season. The Broncos will take on Deer Creek (17-6), Carl Albert (15-6) and Yukon (16-7). 

“We told them, ‘Use that tournament as a springboard for the rest of our season,’” Darity said. “We have our last week of regular season play next week and then going into regionals and hopefully making the state tournament.”

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›