By Michael Kinney
OKLAHOMA CITY – When Mustang won the 6A state fast pitch title three-years ago, Amelya Huggins was not part of the team.
Now, as a senior, Huggins seems to be making sure she doesn’t miss out on it again. The catcher blasted two homeruns Friday afternoon to lead Mustang to a 13-2 win over Stillwater at Hall of Fame Stadium.
“It’s very special, especially for me because I actually wasn’t at Mustang during that freshman year,” Huggins said. “I’ve never made it past the second round of state. So, it’s awesome. And I know my teammates know what it’s like to win that. I’m excited. I’m so pumped.”
Mustang (33-6) will face perennial championship challenger Moore (31-8) in the title game at 5 p.m. Saturday. This will be the first time the two squads have met this season.
“I just want to see for them to get out there and compete,” Mustang coach Jamie Roberts said. “They’ve done a great job all year. Just continue to have a competitive fire and play together as a team.”
Stillwater found themselves in trouble from the opening pitch. Stillwater put two runners on base for Zoe Jones. The Texas Tech University commit came up with a sacrifice fly to knock in the game’s first run.
Mustang came back in the second inning and loaded the bases for Audrie Morrison with a chance to tack on more runs.
However, Morrison grounded out and the Broncos’ lead stayed at 1-0.
Jones then added to the Mustang lead, as she blasted a solo homerun over the center field fence giving the Broncos a 2-0 advantage.
Mustang pitcher Kylie Dodson was in control of the Stillwater offense. Dodson didn’t allow a hit until the third inning.
Stillwater loaded the bases in the third and Taylor Tuck came to the plate and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly. Dodson then walked Kendall Jean to load the bases again. Gracie Ore then grounded out to second base to end the threat.
The Broncos began to pull away from the Pioneers in the top of the fifth-inning. After another RBI from Jones, Huggins cranked out a two-run homerun to put Mustang up 5-1.
Stillwater then replaced Lauryn McLaughlin with Delaney Williams in the circle. That didn’t stop the Bronco batters. They posted five more runs before Stillwater registered an out.
Huggins then blasted her second homerun of the day, this time a three run shot, to essentially put the contest away.
“It feels so awesome,” Huggins said. “I came up earlier and got out twice on some little dink hits. So to get those home runs, it felt really good.”
In the end, the Broncos scored 11 runs in the fifth inning and led 13-1.
“We just tried to focus on one inning at a time,” Roberts said. “I knew we were bound to have one big inning. I told the girls lets be patient this inning at the plate. They really waited for their pitch to sit on and they were attacking that pitch. Great things came from that.”
The Pioneers needed to score at least three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game into the sixth inning. Anna Hammer took the circle to close out Stillwater. She allowed one run, but that would be as close as the Pioneers would get.
“The last two weeks of the season they have been on fire,” Roberts said. “I’m just glad that has carried over into the state tournament.”