With the regular season in the books in Class A through Class 4A, attention now turns to postseason play in high school baseball this week. In Class A and Class B, the Ryan Cowboys and Velma-Alma Comets each move into the regional round after winning district titles last weekend. Marlow, Rush Springs, Empire, Comanche and Empire all square off in district tournaments with the intentions of advancing to regionals.

Marlow at Elgin

The Outlaws move into the playoffs on a high mark. At the midseason point, Marlow was struggling to find its consistency and held a losing record. Move to the end of the season, and the record and the team is at the highest point. The Outlaws finished the regular season with wins over strong opponents, pushing its regular season record to 15-13 going into Elgin.

“I think we’ve been playing our best baseball all season lately,” Marlow head coach Brook Holding said. “We’re swinging really well right now, and our pitching has improved.”

Marlow is familiar with the Owls, having played them three times this season.

“We’ve beaten them twice, but they beat us once.” Holding said.

The strongest part of the Outlaws game all season has been hitting. Marlow has stayed in games by pounding out runs, but has found pitching to go along with its offensive production in the latter part of the season.

“We’ve had some guys step up for us,” Holding said. “Coey Rosen, Garrett Brown and Dakota Kinsey are some guys who we will use on the mound. We have four to five guys who have been helping us.”

Marlow will travel to play at 3 p.m. Thursday against Elgin.



Comanche at Class 3A District at Frederick

Comanche travels to Frederick for its first-round playoff game. The Indians finished the regular season at 18-11, and will look for their pitching to carry them down the playoff road.

“We’ll have good innings where we score,” Comanche head coach John Morgan said. “But the key will be do we have the pitching to stop them. Jacob Dunlap is playing really well, and his arm is getting stronger.”

Comanche fell in both head-to-head meetings with Frederick this season. In the first game, Frederick run-ruled the Indians, while Comanche was able to cut the deficit down to 5-3 in the second game.

“We’re looking forward to playing them,” Morgan said. “They’re talented, but so are we. It will be fun to see who wins.”

Morgan said that the team has been playing strong baseball down the stretch, and should give Frederick a strong contest.

“I think we’re playing better since the last time we played them.” Morgan said.



Empire at Class 2A District at Apache

The Empire Bulldogs are coming off a winning weekend at the Apache Tournament. Empire took the tournament crown with a 7-6 victory over Walters in the championship game. Empire will travel to Apache for the district playoffs Thursday.



Rush Springs at Class 2A District at Healdton

Rush Springs will be on the road as well for its district tournament. The Redskins travel to Healdton for a doubleheader Thursday. Rush Springs starts the day at 4 p.m., followed by the second game at 6 p.m. If the two teams split the games, another game will be played on Friday to see who advances into regionals.

The Redskins finished the regular season at 12-11. The team is young, but will still go into to the game with the intentions of walking away with a district championship. Rush Springs baseball hasn’t won a district title in five seasons.

“It would be a huge boost for us,” Rush Springs head coach Daryn Brantley said. “It would be good for the kids not only this year, but also going into next year.”

Against Healdton, Brantley said that he thinks his team will match up well. He said it would still be an upset if the Redskins walked away with the district, but that if his team stays focused the accomplishment can be achieved.

“It has been one inning that has cost us all year,” Brantley said. “I think we can win the game if we just get past that inning.”



Velma-Alma at Class A Regional at Silo

The Comets move into the regional round of the playoffs this week, after eliminating Wilson and Waurika last weekend at the district tournament.

Velma-Alma is 16-7, and will go up against three schools at Silo this week. The Comets face Silo at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Fort Towson and Rattan play at 3:30 p.m. on the other end of the regional bracket at Silo. The winners and losers will play each other later in the day. The two winners play at 5:30 p.m., while the losing teams will play at 7:30 p.m.

Velma-Alma is hoping to continue on its winning ways, after taking the district title.

“We had focus and intensity along with hitting well,” Velma-Alma head coach Jimmy Miller said. “ We made some errors but were able to make up for them.”

In the Game One match up, Velma-Alma plays the host team Silo.

“They’re pretty solid,” Miller said. “They have good pitching and are fundamentally sound. We can’t make mistakes against them.”



Ryan at Class B Regional at Chattanooga

Ryan travels to face Chattanooga. The Cowboys play at noon Thursday, bringing in a 16-13 record.

After starting the district tournament with a 4-1 loss to Big Pasture, the Cowboys came back to win, and advance to the regional round.

“We know we can step up,” Ryan head coach Donnie Bell said.

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