By Randy Bruce
April 15, 2014
Four of Class 2A baseball’s top five ranked teams held firm over the weekend with some interesting tournament results in the books.
Silo remains the team to beat after going 3-0 at the Coal Mining Classic in Wilburton and Hartshorne. The 18-1 Rebels blanked Antlers and Poteau before dropping host Hartshorne 10-2 in the Saturday championship.
Silo’s only loss this season is a 2-1 decision to Bradenton (Fla.) Christian over spring break. The BC Panthers are 15-7 at the moment.
Dale (16-3) is holding down No. 2, with Tushka (19-2) at third after its performance in the Coleman Tournament last week. The Tigers held down Colbert 5-0 in the championship game, keeping the Leopards (17-8) from moving up out of the fifth spot in 2A.
Calera (18-3) is holding steady at No. 4. The Bulldogs host Colbert Thursday.
In other classes, Kingston (14-4) is holding down the nine spot in 3A; Rock Creek (12-5) jumped two places to 14 in Class A; and three area teams are in the Class B top 20: 13 Boswell (11-5), 19 Caney (9-13) and 20 Coleman (5-10).
There was one surprise in softball as Class 3A top-ranked Tushka (20-1) suffered its first loss in a 5-4 decision against Tahlequah, the No. 7 team from Class 6A. A one-run loss to a 6A top 10 team is still remarkable for any school the size of Tushka.
In Class 4A, Calera (15-5) moved up a notch to seven, while Silo (10-8) fell three places to No. 16 despite a good week on the slow-pitch field.
Rock Creek (8-5) jumped one spot to No. 12 in Class 2A. In Class A, Bennington (14-6) held firm at 13 and Caney (11-9) moved up one to 18.
Rankings are from OSSAArankings.com as of Monday.