Before one eschews Todd Boyer’s rosy outlook, realize this: there is definitely precedence for his optimism.


Before one eschews Todd Boyer’s rosy outlook, realize this: there is definitely precedence for his optimism.
Entering today’s opening round of the Class 5A regional baseball tournament in Chickasha, Boyer could probably be excused if he took a lower mindset road.
Unranked Shawnee, at 12-21, is in a four-team field that includes top-ranked Chickasha, ranked No. 1 in 5A and possessor of a glossy 32-4 record.
Chickasha, which returned seven starters from its 2007 state runner-up squad, is also 3-0 against Shawnee this season with decisions of 13-4, 8-1 and 10-2.
Those facts duly noted, Boyer is still taking the high road. “There is no pressure on us,” he said. “We’ve proven that if we play within our capabilities, we can play with anybody.”
Boyer can argue his bad season/good playoff case by looking back to 2004, the last time Shawnee wasn’t granted a regional host berth.
That Wolfpack edition finished at 16-18 during the regular season and was sent to a regional hosted by traditional powerhouse Carl Albert.
Three games later, Shawnee — after Cole Grinnell hit at a torrid pace — was not only a regional champion but was headed to the state tournament.
Before the 2008 Shawnee edition gets its fourth shot of the year at Chickasha, it must first upend Western Heights today in a 3:30 p.m. game. That will follow the opener between Chickasha and super-underdog Capitol Hill.
Shawnee and Western Heights have met just once this season with the Wolves claiming a 5-4 victory in a March 10 matchup in Shawnee.
Should Shawnee and Chickasha prevail today, they would meet in a winners bracket contest at noon Wednesday. If Shawnee loses today, it would play again Wednesday opposite the noon loser.
“Chickasha is a quality team with a lot of pitching depth. They swing the bats well and they run well,” Boyer said.
“But I feel like we have a chance to win this tournament.”
Boyer said Derek Hawkins would get today’s starting pitching assignment.
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Note: Carl Albert defeated Chickasha 3-1 in the 2007 state championship game.