By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
In the playoffs there’s nothing better than getting to play in front of your own fans. Starting Sept. 26, several area high school softball and fall baseball teams will get to do just that as districts begin.
The Glencoe Panthers (16-6) get to host Ripley (17-7) and Olive in their Class A fall baseball district tournament. Last season, the Panthers swept the Warriors to win the district championship. This season both teams are ranked with the Panthers at No. 15 and the Warriors at No. 19.
Ripley coach Donnie Hoffman said he wasn’t too surprised by the selection adding it’s going to be a tough bracket.
“(Glencoe and Ripley) had some really close games last year,” Hoffman said. “Both of us did some good things and both of us made a few mistakes. They are a good ball club — Made it to regionals in the fall last year and went to state in the spring.”
The Mulhall-0rlando Panthers will travel to Lookeba to face Lookeaba-Sickles which is ranked No. 3 in Class B and Paden. The Frontier Mustangs will travel to Drummond to face Drummond which is ranked No. 20 in Class and Fort Cobb Broxton, who is ranked No. 9 in Class A.
The Carney Lady Bulldogs (11-5) and ranked 17th in Class B softball rankings will host Coyle and Mulhall-Orlando. Coach Lindsey Freeman said it’s a good deal for his team and hopes it uses that to their advantage.
“We beat Mulhall twice,” Freeman said. “We beat Coyle once and play them Tuesday. (Playing at home) is definitely in our favor. I think if we show up to play we should be fine.”
Carney beat M-O 10-2 Aug. 27 and 12-0 Sept. 6. The Lady Bulldogs beat Coyle 19-14 Aug. 26 in Carney. Coyle beat Mulhall 12-8 on Aug. 15 in Coyle. The Lady Bluejackets end the regular season Sept. 23 at Mulhall-Orlando.
The Agra Lady Bearcats get to host Davenport and Ripley. Agra Coach Brooke Simms said it’s great for the town and her team.
“Hopefully we will have a lot of people come out,” Simms said. “It’s good for our girls. I think it gives them a sense of pride getting to host a district game.”
The Lady Bearcats (10-12) lost 4-0 to Davenport in last weekend’s conference tournament at Coyle and play them again on Tuesday. Agra and Ripley have faced each other three times with the Lady Warriors taking two of three. Ripley coach Brent Meeks said it will be a tough district for his girls adding it’s going to come down to pitching and defense.
“Both teams have good pitchers,” Meeks said. “We need to be able to score some runs. It’s tough to get his off a great pitcher. We need to play great defense to stay in the game.”
Perkins-Tryon and Perry softball teams also get to host district matchups. P-T (11-15) hosts Pawhuska while Perry (18-14) hosts Newkirk (7-14) in best-of-three series. The Frontier Lady Mustangs (4-19) will host Copan and Shidler for district.
The Glencoe Lady Panthers (13-4) will visit Barnsdall (16-7), which is ranked No. 20 in Class A. Glencoe coach Tabitha Wright said they faced Barnsdall in regionals last year and said she is pleased with how her team is playing.
“We have played really well,” Wright said. “Everyone is putting the ball in play. I think we can compete with anybody right now.”
The Morrison Lady Wildcats will visit Woodland in a 2A district softball championship. The Lady Cougars beat Morrison 7-2 on Aug. 26 at home. Morrison coach Tim Hatter said Woodland is athletic group and will challenge his team.
“We didn’t play well or hit well in that game,” Hatter said. “We are fixing those things and it’s not a bad draw for us.”
The Pawnee Lady Black Bears (17-12) will visit Tonkawa/Deer Creek-Lamont for a best-of-three series. Pawnee coach Chad Tsotigh said it’s a decent draw but his team will need to be ready to play.
“They just got a new coach and are in a rebuilding stage,” Tsotigh said. “I told our girls (Monday) that if you don’t show up, every game will be a close game. We want to play well in district and have some swagger going into regionals.”