Heat Wave

The Henryetta Heat 14-Under softball team are enjoying a successful season so far, which includes four tournament championships. The Heat, which is coached by Joe Smallwood, James Joslin, and Gary Dwiggins, will compete at the United States Specialty Sports Association's Softball World Series July 15-21 in Destin, Florida. Team members for the Heat are (not in order): Alexis Hamilton, Skylar Morris, Courtnee Sensibaugh, Lexi Lollis, Kasedi Gobin, Jalynn Joslin, Avery Miller, Skylar Smallwood, Katelyn Dwiggins, and Haylee Anderson.

(COURTESY PHOTO)

By LARRY OWEN

Free-Lance Sports Editor

 

The temperatures are not the only thing heating up in Oklahoma.

The Henryetta Heat 14-Under softball team is setting the diamond ablaze this season in preparation for the United States Specialty Sports Association's Softball World Series July 15-21 in Destin, Florida.

The Heat, coached by Joe Smallwood, James Joslin, and Gary Dwiggins sit at 36-7-1 on the year and has captured championship trophies at four tournaments.

The 14-Under softball team kicked off their campaign September 30 and October 1 at the Fall Bash RINGS tournament in Moore.

The Heat swept through Pool Play with wins over the Lady Sluggers (9-2) and the Tulsa Elite (2-1).

In tournament play, the Henryetta squad blanked Ultimate 04 by a 12-0 margin in the opening round, then earned a 6-0 shutout win over the Oklahoma Angels. The lone loss for the Heat in Moore was a 3-0 setback to the Gametime Stars team in the winner's bracket semifinals.

The Henryetta diamond squad overcame the loss with a 10-3 thrashing of the Lady Sluggers, then avenged their loss to the Gametime Stars with a 14-2 victory in the championship game.

The Heat were scheduled to compete in a pair of Tulsa tournaments - the TGSF Tournament October 7-8 and the Let the Games Begin Tournament March 3-4 - but those tournaments were cancelled.

The Henryetta squad competed in three Friendlies tournaments in Bixby the first two weekends in March (March 3, 4, 11), finishing a combined 9-0.

At the first Friendlies tournament, the Heat outscored their three opponents 25-3, earning wins over the Tulsa Elite (5-1), SWMO Rage (6-1), and USSSA Pride (14-2), respectively.

At the second Friendlies tournament, the Henryetta squad outscored their three foes 17-5, earning wins over the Collinsville Cardinals (5-1), Oklahoma Prospects (7-4), and Select Gold (5-0), respectively.

At the third Friendlies tournament, the Heat outscored their three opponents 17-5, earning wins over the OK Gametime (3-1), Oklahoma Gold Rush (10-1), and Oklahoma Intimidators (4-3), respectively. All three teams the Heat battled at the March 11 Friendlies were either 16-Under or 18-Under teams.

The next tournament action for the Heat was the Spring Fling in Shawnee March 16-18.

The Henryetta squad left the 3-day tournament with a spotless 6-0 record and another championship trophy to add to their resumé.

The Heat earned Pool Play wins over Native Elite (6-1) and Texas Synergy (5-1), then began tournament play with a 17-0 drubbing of the Swat Lady Rebels. The next tournament win for the Heat came against the Oklahoma Bombers by a 5-4 margin, then the Henryetta squad reached the tournament finals with a 5-2 win over the Trailblazers.

The sixth and final win over the 3-day tournament saw the Heat walk away with the tournament championship, defeating the Stars by a 9-0 margin.

After the sweep in Shawnee, the Heat returned to Bixby March 31 for another Friendlies tournament. The Henryetta squad once again recorded a perfect 3-0 record, defeating their three opponents by a combined margin of 27-0. The Heat began the 1-day event with a 12-0 shutout win over the Oklahoma Lightning, then blanked the Misfits 11-0. The final shutout win for the Henryetta squad was a 4-0 victory over the Oklahoma Diamond Girls.

On April 14 and 15, the Heat competed at the Softball Rocks NIT tournament in Tulsa and finished third with a 3-3 record.

The Henryetta squad went 1-1 in Pool Play at the 2-day tournament, defeating the USA Nationals by a 5-4 margin. In the final Pool Play contest, the Heat were on the short end of a 5-4 outcome to the Oklahoma Intimidators.

The Heat began tournament play with wins over Adrenaline Select (6-2) and OK Bedlam (7-0) before suffering back-to-back losses to Tulsa Elite (6-2) and Adrenaline Elite (7-4) to finish third at the event.

On April 28, the Heat captured the championship trophy at a softball tournament in Preston.

On May 5 and 6, the Henryetta squad returned to Tulsa to compete at the Run Hard, Turn Left tournament.

The Heat finished with a 7-2 tournament record and came away with the tournament championship.

The Henryetta diamond squad went 2-1 in Pool Play with wins over OK Gametime (5-1) and Texas Glory (3-2). The lone Pool Play loss came against the Tulsa Eagles (1-0).

In tournament play, the Heat scored a 7-1 victory over the OK Gametime, then blanked Texas Glory by an 8-0 margin.

The Henryetta squad's path to the championship was derailed slightly by a 6-4 loss to the Oklahoma Intimidators.

The Heat rebounded from the loss to defeat OK Gametime (5-2) for a third time during the 2-day event to earn a rematch with the Oklahoma Intimidators. The Henryetta squad avenged their 2-run loss earlier in the tournament with a 13-6 thrashing of the Intimidators, then walked away with the tournament title by edging the Intimidators 1-0 in the title game.

The following weekend (May 12-13), the Heat were back in Tulsa at the Softball Life tournament.

The Henryetta squad went 2-1-1 in four Pool Play games on May 12. The remainder of the tournament was postponed due to inclement weather.

The two Pool Play wins came against the Oklahoma Gold Rush (7-0) and Believe Fastpitch (7-0). The lone Pool Play loss was a 9-2 setback to Regal Athletic, while the Heat tied the Tulsa Eagles 0-0 in their other Pool Play contest.

The Henryetta Heat team members are:

2 - Alexis Hamilton

5 - Skylar Morris

7 - Courtnee Sensibaugh

8 - Lexi Lollis

9 - Kasedi Gobin

10 - Jalynn Joslin

11 - Avery Miller

16 - Skylar Smallwood

22 - Katelyn Dwiggins

99 - Haylee Anderson

Rate this article: 
No votes yet