Hartshorne, Stuart and Red Oak are the last three area slow-pitch softball teams standing in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association playoffs, which will play the regional round this week.
Hartshorne is set to play in the Class 4A regional at Silo against three other state-ranked teams, while Stuart will host two top-five teams and an unranked team in 2A, and 1A’s top-ranked Red Oak will host a regional against three other teams from the top 15.
Here is a look at each local team’s regional tournament. Times and dates of tournament games were confirmed with coaches, but are subject to change. Follow @aohanlon3 on Twitter for tournament updates.
Hartshorne (13-6) will play in the Class 4A regional tournament against No. 3 Davis (18-1), No. 5 Calera (23-8) and No. 13 Silo (18-18) at Silo. The 20th-ranked Lady Miners will open the tournament against Davis at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, with a win advancing them to play the Silo-Calera winner at 3:30 p.m.
Hartshorne beat Warner, 8-6, and needed three games against Wilburton to take the district title.
After Hartshorne won the tournament opener, 8-4, Wilburton picked up a 4-3 win to force a third game. Hartshorne’s Mylan Mass went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple while Sarah Stiltner went 3-for-4 and scored twice to help get a 5-0 win.
Hartshorne second baseman and Eastern-signee Rachel Baker showed off her speed and power throughout the tournament, going 7-for-15 at the plate and scoring three runs.
As for the Lady Miners’ regional competition, Davis rolled through Rush Springs and Dibble to win the district title by a combined score of 31-0. Davis’ lone loss on the season came in a 15-9 defeat to then-4A-No. 1 Washington.
Calera beat Colbert, 14-6, and got wins of 11-1 and 12-11 over Antlers in district. Calera also has a 21-1 win over Stuart, which Hartshorne beat, 16-8, last month.
Silo got a 5-0 win against Coalgate and wins of 5-4 and 7-6 in extras over Latta in districts. Silo also lost to Calera by double digits earlier in the season and dropped a 4-3 contest to them late last month.
Stuart (20-10) will host a Class 2A regional tournament against No. 4 Soper (26-4), No. 5 Davenport (24-7) and Keota (17-16). The 11th-ranked Lady Hornets will open the tournament against Davenport at 1 p.m. on Thursday, with a win advancing them to face the Soper-Keota winner at 3:30 p.m.
Stuart got a 15-8 win against Cameron and wins of 14-2 and 11-6 against No. 19 Vanoss to win its district tournament. The Lady Hornets had a scheduled game against Soper rained out and have not played either of the other two regional opponents, and have a 2-9 record against state-ranked teams this season.
Soper held Stringtown and Boswell scoreless to win its district, outscoring them by a combined 452-0, and is 15-4 against state-ranked teams this season — including a 21-18 extra-innings win against then-3A-No. 3 Rock Creek.
Davenport also didn’t allow a single run in districts, with a 13-0 win over Olive and wins of 11-0 and 15-0 against Glencoe. Davenport is 7-7 against state-ranked teams and carries an 11-game winning streak into the regional tournament.
Keota needed three games to get past Arkoma in districts after double-digit wins against Watts and Oaks Mission. Keota has three losses this season to Red Oak, which beat Davenport, 16-5, in the Firelake Festival this month.
Red Oak (21-9) will host a Class A regional tournament against No. 7 Whitesboro (30-9), No. 10 LeFlore (24-10) and No. 14 McCurtain (13-6). The top-ranked Lady Eagles will open the tournament at 1 p.m. on Thursday against McCurtain, with a win advancing them to play the LeFlore-Whitesboro winner at 3:30 p.m. If the Lady Eagles drop the opener, they will face the LeFlore-Whitesboro loser at 4:45 p.m.
Red Oak split a doubleheader with Whitesboro earlier this season — a 9-8 loss and a 7-2 win — and picked up a 4-3 win against McCurtain a couple of weeks ago.
The Lady Eagles rolled through districts with a 22-0 victory over Bokoshe and wins of 25-1 and 24-0 against Kinta.
LeFlore beat Midway, 14-4, and got wins of 11-3 and 12-3 over Henryetta Wilson in districts. LeFlore also opened the season with a 12-7 loss to McCurtain and suffered a 9-1 loss to then-5A-No. 5 Heavener, which handed Red Oak a 9-4 loss late last month.
McCurtain picked up a 12-0 win against Braggs and an 11-3 victory against Webbers Falls in districts.
Whitesboro got a 7-4 win against Eagletown, a 4-3 win in extras against Smithville and a 5-3 win against Coleman in districts. Whitesboro also got wins of 5-3 and 14-5 as well as a 16-8 loss to LeFlore earlier this season.