The playoff pictures will come more into view throughout the state this weekend as Class B-3A schools partake in their regional tournaments and Class 4A schools will take part in bi-district tournaments. Schools in class 5A and 6A will have one more week to prepare for their regional tournaments next week.
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Asher – The No. 13 in Class B Lady Indians (20-9) will challenge No. 18 Lookeba-Sickles (19-13) in their opening game of the Varnum regional tournament at 2:00 p.m. Thursday. The winner will move on to the 6:00 p.m. game against the winner of No. 5 Varnum (25-7) and unranked Maysville for a spot in the state tournament. The two losing teams will face off at 4:00 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.
Asher lost to Lookeba-Sickles 2-1 at the New Lima Tournament September 8, and Varnum 16-10 on August 31. They beat Maysville (21-12) 11-6 on September 5.
The Lady Indians are on a five-game win streak after losing to Stratford 8-3 in the conference tournament. They shut out Mill Creek 12-0 to open their district tournament and followed up with 9-0 and 14-0 wins over Wapanucka.
Bethel – Class 4A Bethel (20-13) completed their district Schedule as the No. 2 team in District 4A-4 to beat out 19-10 Tecumseh. The Lady Wildcats will host winless Ada (0-21) at 5:00 p.m. Thursday for two bi-district games. The winner will move on to regionals next week with pairings to be announced Monday.
Bethel hit a hot streak with five straight wins in the first week of September on the heels of ace pitcher Jordyn Zachary before losing to Harrah 5-4 in the championship game of the McLoud tournament. They followed up with three straight district wins against Tecumseh, Seminole and Harrah.
The team is the only one to have beaten 2A No. 1 Dale so far this season.
Chandler – Class 3A No. 13 Chandler (23-15) will be in action at Vian Thursday, beginning with a 2:00 p.m. game against No. 12 Heavener (24-10). The winner will move on to play again at 6:00 p.m. against the victor of No. 4 Vian (29-4) and unranked Morris (19-12). If they lose against Heavener, the Lady Lions will face the loser at 4:00 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.
Chandler beat Millwood 12-4 and 12-0 to make their way to regionals.
Dale – A favorite to win the state tournament, the No. 1 in Class 2A Lady Pirates of Dale boast a 33-1 record as they host their regional tournament beginning Thursday. The Lady Pirates are expected to cruise by unranked Crescent (12-11) in their noon opener and move on to face the winner of unranked Pawnee (20-8) and No. 18 Stroud (20-10) at 6:00 p.m.
The Lady Pirates lost to Latta 5-3 in the state championship game last year to finish as runner-up.
Maud – Class B No. 19 Maud (16-12) will challenge unranked New Lima (18-7) at 2:00 p.m. Thursday for the first game of their regional tournament at Kiowa. Win and they will play the victor of No. 3 Kiowa (23-8) and unranked Milburn (10-11) at 6:00 p.m. The losers of the opening two games will play each other at 4:00 p.m.
The Lady Tigers beat Calvin 15-4 and Sasakwa 24-12 and 6-5 in their district tournament to seal a spot in the regional contest.
McLoud – Class 4A McLoud (16-18) will have a shot to keep their season alive Thursday in a pair of bi-district games against 16-17 Cache on the road. The winner of the double-elimination contest will advance to regionals next week.
They finished fourth in District 4A-1 with a 4-8 district record.
Meeker – Unranked in Class 3A, Meeker (19-11) is set to challenge No. 10 Pocola (27-7) at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in their opening game of the Oktaha regional. Win and they will move on to face the winner of No. 6 Oktaha (23-6) and unranked Jones (17-15) at 6:00 p.m. The losers of the opening games will square off at 4:00 p.m. as they attempt to stay alive in the tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs swept Crooked Oak 14-0, 14-0 in their two games of the district tournament.
Prague – Prague earned a bye in their district tournament after finishing as the No. 8 team in Class 3A and boasts a record of 24-9 as they prepare to host their regional tournament beginning Thursday. They open up against No. 17 Tishomingo (25-6) at noon.
Win and they will face the winner of No. 16 Antlers (20-10) and No. 9 Adair (24-8) at 6:00 p.m. If they lose they will play at 4:00 p.m. instead.
The Lady Devils last loss was to No. 13 Chandler in a 1-0 defeat before going on a five win streak.
Shawnee – Shawnee finished No. 2 in District 5A-3 with a record of 18-10 (8-4) to earn the ability to host their regional tournament beginning Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6. They will open up against 0-13 Nathan Hale at noon Thursday and will face the winner of 13-18 Skiatook and 15-14 Collinsville at 6:00 p.m. if they win their opener. Lose and they will play the loser of Skiatook and Collinsville at 4:00 p.m. instead.
The Lady Wolves lost to Coweta and Pryor in their final two district challenges but did well enough to earn second place and host rights. They split their district series with Skiatook.
Tecumseh – The Lady Savages of Tecumseh (19-10) will play host to 8-23 Madill Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in their double elimination bi-district tournament.
Tecumseh finished the last four games of their District 4A-4 schedule 3-1 for third place behind No. 2 Bethel, who the Lady Savages lost to in both contests they played in.
Asher – The No. 16 in Class B Indians of Asher (12-11) will head to Drummond Friday and Saturday for their regional tournament. They will open up against No. 4 Vici (23-8) at 4:00 p.m. Win and they will advance to the 6:00 p.m. game between the winner of No. 10 Moss (17-7) and No. 6 Drummond (20-8).
The losers of the first two games will play at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. The champion of the winner's bracket and the champion of the consolation bracket will both advance to the state tournament.
Dale – The Pirates of Dale (23-4) finished their regular season as the No. 4 team in Class A and will play host in their regional this Thursday and Friday as they look for a return to the state tournament.
They open up Thursday against No. 16 Arapaho-Butler (18-7) at 2:00 p.m. and if they win will move on to face the winner of No. 11 Amber-Pocasset (21-8) and No. 5 Fort Cobb–Broxton (27-3) in a 6:00 p.m. contest Friday. Should they lose, they will have another shot to stay alive in a 2:00 p.m. game Friday.
The winners of both the winners and consolation bracket will advance to the state tournament.