“Outwork Everyone” Means Gold for Red Oak – Presented by Traditions Home Care
Ask any member of the Red Oak softball program, present or past, and you’ll get the same reply when posing the question…what’s the reason for the continued success of the Lady Eagles softball program… “Outwork Everyone.”
“These girls know about the tradition and they’re determined to keep it going,” said head coach Casey Butcher after his team claimed this year’s Class B fastpitch softball state title, the eighth championship since 2000 and sixth time in this decade.
The Lady Eagles found their team chemistry and “Red Oak Magic” midway through the season turning a 14-10 mark into a 14-game winning streak to capture the championship including six playoff victories where Red Oak held their opponents to a combined 14 runs. Red Oak finished the year 28-10
Opening the three-day state tournament with an 11-2 win over #4-ranked Moss, the fifth-ranked Lady Eagles punched their ticket to the state finals with a 9-2 decision over two-time defending champion Kiowa in the play-for-gold contest against #7-ranked Roff.
Abigail Tovar’s RBI single drove home Ashton Grogan in the second inning before an RBI base hit by Kacie Bell allowed Lexi Ober to score what proved to be the game winner in the third inning. Limiting Roff to just six hits on the day, the confidence of Bell was evident when the senior hurler tossed the deciding pitch to record her seventh strike out as the Lady Eagles stormed the field in celebration.