The dust has settled from recent regional tournaments, and now four Tri-County teams will head on to face the rest of the top-notch competition in the hopes of returning with some gold hardware.
The Class A and Class B state baseball tournaments open today, and Dale's Pirates will attempt to retain their No. 1 status as they open with quarterfinals opponent Wister at 1:30 p.m. today at Edmond Santa Fe High School. The Class A semifinals will be played Friday at Edmond Memorial High School, and Saturday's championship contest will take place at noon on RedHawk Field in Bricktown.
The Pirates, 29-3 after thrashing Glencoe twice in a regional tournament Sept. 28, are coming off a state-crown performance in the 2012 Class 2A spring finals. Dale owns 10 spring trophies since 1991, and the Pirates will attempt to add their ninth fall trophy with this weekend's outing.
Dale won the 2011 Class A fall title.
Asher's Indians, who finished the 2012 regular season ranked second in Class B, will face Stuart at 1:30 p.m. today in the quarterfinals at Edmond Memorial. The Class B semis will also be played at EMHS, on Friday, and the championship game will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at RedHawk Field.
Asher moved to 21-5 and earned its spot in the state tournament with defeats of Caney and Coleman at a regional tournament last week. The Indians will attempt to claim their 22nd fall title — and first since 1998 — with this weekend's run.
Asher also has 18 spring crowns.
Joining Asher and Stuart in the 2012 state tournament are Red Oak, Caney, Olustee, Leedey, Lookeba-Sickles and Sentinel.
Joining Dale and Wister in the Class A tournament are Colbert, Silo, Sterling, Byng, Latta and Rattan.
Dale's 7-0 blanking of Fairview in a Class 2A regional championship Monday earned the second-ranked Lady Pirates a trip to the state tournament, which begins today at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Andy Powell's Lady Pirates will face No. 9 Wayne in an 11 a.m. quarterfinals clash. The semifinals will be held Friday at Hall of Fame Stadium, and the championship game will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the same venue.
Dale has won the fast-pitch title once before, in 2003.
The Lady Pirates are coming off their first-ever slow-pitch state title from the 2011-12 spring season.
Page 2 of 2 - Joining Dale and Wayne at this year's fast-pitch state tourney are top-ranked Drumright, No. 19 Stroud, No. 6 Tushka, unranked Savanna, No. 3 Panama and No. 7 Cyril-Cement.
Maud's seventh-ranked Lady Tigers tore through a Class B regional earlier this week, and they will meet third-ranked Hammon at 1 p.m. today in the quarterfinals of the Class B state tournament at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The semis will be played Friday, and the title round will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hall of Fame Stadium.
Maud has not won a fast-pitch title.
Joining the Lady Tigers and Hammon at the Class B state tourney are No. 1 Red Oak, No. 20 Tupelo, sixth-ranked Frontier, fourth-ranked Ft. Cobb-Broxton, No. 11 Sentinel and second-ranked Leedey.