Stillwater News Press

April 4, 2013

Panthers, Wildcats eye success at Coyle Tournament

By Andrew Glover
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — With the regular season drawing to a close, several area teams are looking for momentum as they travel to Coyle for a tournament starting Friday and ending Saturday.

Coyle coach Josh Sumrall said he brought in several good teams and it should be a competitive tournament.

“Union City is the top seed,” Sumrall said. “Glencoe is one of the best teams in Class A and Morrison is a solid team. The rest of the tournament is pretty wide open. It will give us a chance to play some teams we usually don’t get to play.”

The tournament was supposed to start Thursday but due to rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, it will start Friday. Union City (15-3) is ranked seventh in 2A and will face Agra (2-8) at 4 p.m. Friday. The winner plays the Coyle-John Marshall winner at 2 p.m. Saturday. The loser plays at 8 p.m. Friday. Agra coach Mark Bingham said despite his team’s record it has played competitively.

“We aren’t coming out with wins in close games,” Bingham said. “We’re just going to go out and see what we can do.”

Glencoe is the second seed and opens the tournament with Destiny Christian at 10 a.m. Friday. The Panthers (12-7) are on a seven-game winning streak and won the Chisholm Trail Invitational.

“We got off to a late start because of (coming back) from basketball,” coach Tony Cazzelle said. “We only had two days of practice and lost some games we might not have. We’ve won seven in-a-row and beat Pioneer, who is ranked. We’re playing a lot better than the past.”

Cazzelle said he hopes his team will get to play Union City.

“Hopefully we can win the first two games and set up that matchup,” Cazzelle said. “We got to play good competition to get us ready for playoffs.”

The Morrison Wildcats are the third seed and play Frontier at noon Friday in the first round. The winner plays the Glencoe-Destiny Christian winner at 4 p.m. Saturday, while the loser plays at 2 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats have won three of the last four, including two no-hitters by Josh Hite, who struck out a combined 20 batters. Coach Tim Hatter said it will be a tough tournament, adding good defense will be key.

“We have to play solid defense behind our pitchers,” Hatter said. “We got good pitchers but need to give them good backing.”

The Mustangs (2-12) have lost seven in-a-row but coach Mike Allen said he is pleased with their effort.

“We’ve been in a lot of ballgames,” Allen said. “We have four or five games down the stretch I think we can be competitive.”

Allen said consistency will be the key for his team to have success in the tournament.

“We have three or four innings where we make all the plays,” Allen said. “Then we have that one inning where we boot it around. We have to stay out of the big inning.”

The Bluejackets (2-6) play John Marshall at 6 p.m. Friday.