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June 5, 2014

Stephens County trio to play in Sunbelt Classic

DUNCAN — Three Stephens County baseball players were chosen to play in the Sunbelt Classic in McAlester.

Duncan’s Mason Hightower and Marlow’s Beau Meshell and Brady Melton will play for the Oklahoma Blue team in the tournament that starts Friday. The tourney runs through Wednesday.

Players were selected for the teams through tryouts. Oklahoma has two teams, Blue and Gold, in the tourney. Other teams come from Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Arizona and Canada.

Hightower was thrilled to be one of the players selected. He likes that he will get to face some of the best players across the nation, some who might get drafted by an MLB team next year.

“I thought it was special and a big honor to be recognized as one of the top seniors,” he said.

Meshell is excited to play alongside some of the best high school players in the state. He sees the tournament as a chance to impress college scouts in attendance.

“Playing for a small town, it’s hard to get noticed,” Meshell said. “This will give us some exposure and show that we are good players.”

Hightower agreed that the chance to play in front of college scouts is a benefit.

“If you can play well in front of these scouts, you have a real good chance to get picked up, if you have just one good game,” he said.

The Stephens County players will join players from top baseball teams such as Carl Albert, Deer Creek and Heritage Hall. Meshell believes he and his Stephens County teammates will fit right in.

“We’re just as good as athletes and players,” he said, “and we’ll make good friends, too.”

Hightower has seen several of these players in action and likes the opportunity to play alongside them.

“I’m hoping to make friends with a lot of the guys,” he said. “I’ve been playing against a lot of these guys my whole life.”

Games will be played at McAlester High School and Eastern Oklahoma State College. The Oklahoma Blue team plays its first game Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Canada, then plays Texas at 7 p.m.

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