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April 30, 2014

State berth at stake for area baseball teams

STILLWATER, Okla. — After surviving the district tournament, area high school teams will try to pick up three more wins to reach the Class A and B state tournament starting Thursday.

The Class A No. 7 Ripley Warriors (21-10) had no problem winning their district tournament — outscoring Agra and Davenport by 38-1 in three games. The Warriors are the host at their regionals opening with Yale at 11 a.m. Thursday. Yale (18-12) beat Ripley 4-0 on March 17 and Morrison, 12-4 on April 3. Ripley beat Morrison 2-1 in extra innings on April 1.

“Two of the teams we’ve seen before,” Ripley coach Donnie Hoffman said. “(Yale and Morrison) gave us everything we wanted. We are going to need to play very well.”

Yale coach Ed Vaughn said having familiarity with his opponents helps.

“It gives us some confidence,” Vaughn said. “Who comes out depends on who is playing well the next two to three days. Everyone on my pitching staff is healthy.”

Also competing in Ripley’s regional is No. 16 Morrison (22-12), who opens against Afton (12-6) at 1 p.m. The winners will play at 3 p.m. The losers play at 5 p.m. The tournament resumes on Friday with the loser’s bracket championship at 4 p.m. The winner of that game will play in the championship at 6 p.m. The if necessary game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“Our area is stacked with solid teams this year,” Morrison coach Tim Hatter said. “We feel privileged to be a part of it.”

The No. 11 Glencoe Panthers (19-10) look to return to the Class A state tournament as they host a regional. Glencoe is the second seed after winning two out of three against Rejoice Christian to advance. The Panthers open with Okay (13-3) at 11 a.m. No. 6 Amber-Pocasset is the top seed and they play Preston (17-17) at 1 p.m.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” coach Chad Speer said. “We can either win it or drop the first two games.”

The Mulhall-Orlando Panthers (17-6) and the Coyle Bluejackets (17-12) will look to make upsets in the Class B regionals. The Panthers are the fourth seed in the Dover regional and play the host No. 6 Longhorns at 11 a.m. Also in Mulhall’s region is No. 18 Okarche (14-12) and No. 17 Shidler (21-1).

“We understand where we are at,” M-O coach Kirk Kinzie said. “We are staying positive. We’ve won a lot of games. We feel good about regionals.”

Coyle is the fourth seed in the Verden regional and play No. 5 Olustee (20-4) at 1 p.m. Thursday. No. 9 Varnum (26-6) play No. 11 Verden (14-8).

“We’re going to throw Jared Weathers (on Thursday) and see what we got,” coach Josh Sumrall said. “We know we are going against quality teams and aren’t supposed to make it out. We will give it all we got and give them are best shot.”

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