The Edmond Sun


May 20, 2013

Central Oklahoma softballers make World Series again

EDMOND — Hayley Hudson gave Central Oklahoma a 5-4 lead with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning and the No. 19-ranked Bronchos staved off a seventh-inning Winona State threat to capture the NCAA Division II Central Super Regional championship Saturday afternoon at Edmond North High School.

The Warriors put two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a bid to pull out a late win and force a deciding game in the best-of-three series, but left fielder Devyn Frazier made a running catch in foul territory for the final out to set off a wild celebration on the field.

UCO improved to 47-11 — a school-record for wins — with its 23th consecutive home victory and advanced to the Division II World Series for the second straight year. The Bronchos will face Armstrong Atlantic in the eight-team World Series at 11 a.m. Thursday in Salem, Va.

“I’d say that was a nail-biter,” head coach Genny Stidham said. “It was a good game, both teams played well. Winona has a great team and they didn’t give up, but we came up with some big plays and came out on top.

“I’m just so proud of this team. We’ve been through a lot this year and they just never back down and always find a way.”

UCO built an early 4-0 lead, but the Warriors rallied to tie it through four innings before the Bronchos took the lead for good in the fifth.

Kacie Edwards started a one-out rally with an infield single, Nicole Workman followed with a base hit to center field and Sam Cool reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases for Hudson, who came through with a single to the shortstop, plated Edwards with the go-ahead run.

That turned out to be the winning run as Central Oklahoma escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth on a third out strikeout by Kalynn Schrock, who got out of trouble again in the seventh on Frazier’s catch.

Schrock went the distance for the fifth straight NCAA postseason game, giving up eight hits and four runs (three earned). The junior left-hander struck out 11 — setting a school single-season record in the process — and improved to 30-6.

Workman went 3-for-4 to lead UCO’s 10-hit attack, while Edwards and Hudson had two hits apiece.

The Bronchos, like they did in Friday night’s 5-2 win over the Warriors, broke on top with one run in the second and then added three more in the third.

Workman, whose lead-off home run gave the Bronchos that early lead in the series opener, started the inning with a single to center field. Cool was hit by pitch and Tori Collet singled to load the bases with one out and Workman scored the first run on Frazier’s fielder’s choice grounder.

The Bronchos made it 4-0 in the third on run-scoring singles by Edwards and Workman and Cool’s RBI fielder’s choice.

Winona State came back with two in the bottom of the third and then tied it with two more runs in the fourth.

Text Only
  • 042414 SF-choc01.jpg SLIDESHOW: Wolves swat Yellowjackets

    Hosting Choctaw Thursday evening in the Edmond Tournament, Edmond Santa Fe put up seven runs in the second inning and didn't let the Yellowjackets back in the game en route to an 11-3 win.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • 042214 DC-mac g01.jpg SLIDESHOW: Deer Creek soccer squads take on Lawton Mac Deer Creek welcomed the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders Tuesday evening for a pair of Class 5A soccer matches.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042214 mem-nor01.jpg SLIDESHOW: Edlam baseball
    The Edmond North Huskies got an 8-5 road win against rival Edmond Memorial on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Basketball stars may linger on campus a while longer

    The NBA seems serious about raising its minimum age, which could signal the end of the one-and-done era in college basketball.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042114 OCS-Cas01.jpg SLIDESHOW: OCS Saints travel to Casady

    The Oklahoma Christian School Saints built a 5-run lead in the first two innings at Casady Monday afternoon, and held a 5-3 advantage until the wheels fell off in the sixth inning and the Saints gave up six runs en route to a 9-5 loss.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • spts-Will Kropp line up putt.jpg Edmond’s Kropp holds off Cabrera to win in Cordoba

    William Kropp, a 24-year-old rookie from Edmond, managed to hold off local favorite Ángel Cabrera to win the 83rd Abierto OSDE del Centro presented by FiberCorp Sunday.
    His victory at the Cordoba Golf Club, in Cabrera’s hometown of Villa Allende, was his first in just five career starts on the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
    “My plan for the first half of the Tour season was to get adjusted to traveling across the region and playing new courses,” said Kropp, who had finished in a tie for third only three weeks ago in Guatemala. “It’s really a great bonus to win a tournament as important as this one early in the year.”
    Kropp finished at 8-under par 276, one shot ahead of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters champion. Cabrera was trying to win the tournament for the ninth time in his career and he was also seeking to become the first three-time champion on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond residents partake in Boston Marathon

    More than 35,000 runners participated in today’s Boston Marathon. Several were from Edmond. Their finishing times and overall place according to results posted by the Boston Athletic Association at were:

    Boyett, Ken: 3:24:21; 7,591
    Cherry, Steven: 3:10:27; 4,240
    Domina, Christie: 3:50:43; 15,473
    Gregg, Gary: 3:20:58; 6,694  
    Hendrickson, Gina: 3:10:03; 4,152
    Judd, Kevin: 3:19:40; 6,374
    Pillow, Jonathan: 2:47:53; 775   
    Rupel, Patrick: 2:59:08; 2,180  
    Tucker, Noel: 4:13:58; 20,277
    Williams, Michael: 3:41:38; 12,905

    April 21, 2014

  • spts-EN Gia Nellius race against time.jpg Edmond North perfect in district soccer standings

    The Edmond North Lady Huskies are an untarnished 4-0 in district after smothering Putnam North Thursday 5-nothing with their defense once again.
    It was Gia Nellius who broke out with four goals. Nellius was the beneficiary of a pair of assists from Abbey Bright and another from Shanna Rolfs. Nellius booted home one shot unassisted.
    Rounding out the Edmond North scoring was a Haley Felix goal.
    The Lady Huskies venture to Choctaw Tuesday for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Lady Yellowjackets.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kaiser joins Thunder ownership group

    Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
    “We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
    “I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.

    April 18, 2014