Oklahoma Class A softball: Ripley survives final push from Binger-Oney to win the state championship
Ripley’s second baseman, Kendyl Overton, received the ground ball.
Quickly, she transferred the ball to her throwing hand and flung it to Carolyn Overton, who was standing at first base. The Warriors all threw their gloves in the air in relief after the final out on Field 1 of the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.
Ripley defeated Binger-Oney 6-4 for the Class A state championship on Saturday afternoon.
“Brooklyn [Gobble] did just an outstanding job of mixing it up and keeping them off balance and keeping them guessing,” Ripley coach Kaleb Hoffman said about his pitcher. “Really never gave them a pitch to barrel up. She executed her pitchers well and our defense was outstanding behind her.”
Gobble held Binger-Oney to just two hits and zero runs headed into the final inning. However, it was in the seventh inning that Binger-Oney’s bats finally came alive as they put across four runs. Overton’s play stopped the final effort from the Bobcats.
“We do a thing every day and we play 21 outs,” Hoffman said. “We’ve been beat in the state tournament with a lead with 20 outs. So it’s kind of part of our program that we always talk about 20 outs. So right there we were just playing 21 outs.”