softball Santa Fe vs. Putnam City North

DREW HARMON | The Edmond Sun Edmond Santa Fe's Tela Lovingshimer stands on second base after hitting a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning against Putnam City North Wednesday afternoon.

The road to state starts today for the Edmond Santa Fe softball team, as they begin regionals at Claremore.

Santa Fe (25-6) will take on Bartlesville today at noon, and with a win, would likely face Claremore at 6 p.m.

Sand Springs is the other team in the regional that is vying for a state playoff berth.

�We have to play well to beat anybody,� Santa Fe head coach Rhonda Lawson said. �To be honest, I don�t know a lot about any of these teams, but I know that Claremore is a very well coached team.�

The Lady Wolves have been good all season, but they seem to play even better in tournament play. Last week Santa Fe took second place at the Yukon tournament, which had some of the best teams in the state.

�They enjoy it. I think playing regular games, is just any other game to this group, and when they play in tournaments they step it up a level, because its better competition. We play in some really good tournaments, so its the best against the best, and they like to compete against the best,� Lawson said.

Lawson knew going into the season that her team was loaded with talent, with several key contributors from last year�s state runner-up squad back.

But most believed there would be a slight drop off, with Haley Anderson graduating.

�It really didn�t surprise me that we won 25 games, I knew that we were talented. We were pretty banged up around the end of the season, and we always had someone that stepped in, and we never had a drop off,� Lawson said. �This is a very talented team, and I am confident that we are going to be headed to the state tournament.�

Following Santa Fe�s game at noon, Sand Springs will face Claremore at 2 p.m. Then the losers of those games will play at 4 p.m. setting up the game that pits the winners against each other.

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