Bryan County will get double representation in next week’s slow-pitch softball State tournament with the Calera Lady Bulldogs in Class 4A and Rock Creek Lady Mustangs in Class 2A.
Calera (31-8) drew Davis for the first round, with game time set at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s rankings as of April 21 had Calera at No. 7 and Davis at No. 5. Davis boasts a 21-3 record. But one of its losses was an 8-6 decision at home April 1 against Stratford. Calera defeated Stratford twice Thursday, 14-6 and 7-3, on Stratford’s field.
Calera has a real shot at advancing to the second round, where the Lady Bulldogs would take on the Dale/Latta winner from the 10 a.m. game. That’s especially true if the Lady Bulldogs perform as they have proved they’re capable.
In their first game Thursday against Stratford, everybody in the starting lineup got a hit. All but four had multiple base raps. And not one of them was without a hit, walk or sacrifice fly in the second game against Stratford.
State’s third round, the championship, is slated for 7 p.m. Teams on the other side of the bracket are Washington (No. 2, 34-4), which used impressive hit placement Thursday to beat Calera 12-1 Thursday, Wyandotte (No. 8, 31-11), Okemah (No. 3, 33-6) and Mangum (No. 4, 29-11).
Rock Creek (No. 12, 16-7) will face Maud (No. 7, 21-10) in the first round at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Maud actually was blanked by Silo, 6-0, March 27 at the Beast of the East Tournament. And Rock Creek on its field four days later beat Silo 6-1.
Of course, anything can happen, especially in slow-pitch softball. But Rock Creek has some heavy hitters and have been playing well. The Lady Mustangs run-ruled opponents in three games last week to win their district. They upset No. 5 Roff with an 8-2 victory and No. 4 Soper on a 15-5 run rule to claim the regional title.
If Rock Creek wins Game 1, that will bring on the winner of Stonewall (No. 1, 29-11) and Frontier (No. 11, 16-5) at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Teams on the other side of the bracket are Soper (18-10), Davenport (No. 6, 20-7), Stuart (No. 8, 24-11) and Binger-Oney (No. 2, 34-6).
Both teams will play at The Ballfields of Firelake, 18160 Rangeline Road, Shawnee. The venue actually is situated south of Shawnee and north of Tecumseh, a half-mile east off Highway 177. That’s an approximately two-hour drive for the fans and teams coming from each school, and 40 miles north of where Calera played Thursday in Stratford.
Calera will be on Field 1, Rock Creek on Field 3.