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May 28, 2014

Lone Oak facing team that's no stranger to state finals

Lone Oak makes its state softball tournament debut today against a team that’s been there before.

The 33-6 Lady Buffs, who’ve won 18 of their last 19 games, will face a 33-1-1 Crawford team at 6 p.m. in the Class 2A state semifinals at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin.

The winner of this game advances to the 6 p.m. state finals on Thursday against either 35-0 Hawley or 25-11 East Bernard. Those two teams play at 3 p.m. today.

Crawford won the 2A state title in 2012 with a 5-1 victory over Alpine in the state finals. Crawford’s pitcher, Carrigan Chambers, earned most valuable player honors for that game after firing a two-hitter with nine strikeouts.

Chambers is on the 2014 Crawford team and has a 19-1 season record and a .286 batting average.

The top four hitters in Crawford’s starting lineup from that 2012 team also return including outfielder Jessica Tomchesson, who is batting a listed .700 for the season, plus infielder-outfielder Tori Phillips (.527), infielder Morgan Groppe (.500) and catcher Sydney Christensen (.573).

Outfielder Chelsey Dorris is also hitting .571.

Crawford’s only loss this season was 8-6 to Salado in game one of their regional finals series. The Lady Pirates bounced back to whip Salado, 11-3 and 13-2.

Lone Oak also lost its regional finals opener, 5-3 to Mount Vernon, and then rallied to beat the Lady Tigers 3-2 and 4-0 in the next two games of the series.

Lone Oak’s freshman right-hander Mariah Nichols has struck out 285 this season, including eight each in the two wins over Mount Vernon. Nichols has walked 83.

Catcher Kaylee Isenburg leads Lone Oak’s powerful lineup with 13 homers, seven triples and 23 doubles.

Nichols has slugged seven homers, one triple and 16 doubles.

Third baseman Chelsea Rigsby has clubbed six home runs, seven triples and 15 doubles.

Lone Oak is averaging nine runs per game while allowing an average of 3.2.


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