OKTAHA — For the second consecutive day, Meeker’s attempt to play in a Class 3A regional was put on hold.
The 16th-ranked Bulldogs were scheduled to launch the four-team regional Thursday but the state-wide rain deluge which began Wednesday put a crimp in those plans. Host Oktaha then spent more than six hours Thursday pumping water from the drenched field, only to see additional rain late Thursday night and early Friday.
“Their coach sent us a photo of the field Friday and it looked like a pond,” Meeker coach Caven Herring said.
Meeker and the rest of the regional field will likely get play started today. The Bulldogs, seeded second in the regional, will oppose unranked Morris at 1 p.m. Morris defeated Meeker earlier in the year after the Bulldogs had experienced a 12-day layoff.
I think we’re a better team now than we were then,” Herring said. “I think we’re back in the groove.”
Following today’s Meeker-Morris opener, top-ranked and No. 1 seed Oktaha will go up against unranked Idabel at 3 p.m. Oktaha captured the fall state championship.
The winners from Game 1 and Game 2 will square off at 5 p.m. with the Game 1 and Game 2 losers playing at 7. The loser of the 7 p.m. game will be eliminated.
“When we played them earlier, Morris put the ball in pay and their pitchers threw strikes,” Herring said.
There will be no regional action Sunday because Meeker and Morris have baccalaureate ceremonies. Games are scheduled Monday at noon and 2 p.m. There has been no final decision made as to the date or time in the event an ‘if’ game is necessitated.
“We’re excited to go play,” Herring said. “It’s the first regional for Meeker in awhile. I hope we have some good games and enjoy it.”
Meeker is 20-9.