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April 30, 2014

Area district baseball tournaments start

STILLWATER, Okla. — Larger high schools will look to keep their seasons alive as they compete in best-of-three district championship series Thursday and Friday.

Cushing (18-13) hosts Harding Charter Prep (11-10). The Tigers have won five of their last six games. Game 1 is at 5 p.m. Thursday with Game 2 scheduled to follow at approximately 7 p.m. The final game, if necessary, is 5 p.m. Friday.

Coach John Yates said he feels good about where his team stands.

“I like our chances,” Yates said. “We’ve been playing good baseball lately. If we play our game, we should be fine.”

Yates said Kyler Patterson will start the first game for Cushing and Jake McIntyre will throw the second. If necessary, Yates said he has plenty of arms for Friday’s game.

The Perkins-Tryon Demons (14-16) host Luther (15-14) at 4 p.m. Thursday with Game 2 following at 6 p.m. The final game, if necessary, will be at 5 p.m. Friday.

Both the Demons and Lions are slumping entering the first round of the playoffs. Perkins-Tryon has lost its last five games, while its opponent, Luther, has lost three of its last four.

“We showed some promise in our last game,” Demons coach Kevin Miner said. “The guys had a little more life. I’m confident they will be ready for playoffs.”

The Pawnee Black Bears (13-14) visit the Tonkawa Buccaneers (11-11) in their district series. Tonkawa enters the series with momentum as it has won three of its last four games. Pawnee has lost three of the last four. The Black Bears lost to Tonkawa on April 15, 9-6. The first game is at 4 p.m. Thursday with the second following at 6 p.m.

The Perry Maroons (10-19) visit the No. 17 Chisholm Longhorns (21-7). Perry enters the tournament on a three-game losing streak. The Longhorns have won their last 11 games. The Maroons split with Chisholm — losing 7-4 in the Perry Tournament on March 22 and winning 7-2 at Chisholm on March 31.

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