The day that softball regionals are released is not dissimilar to Christmas Day, and Monday was that day.

Coaches either get socks or a Red Ryder BB gun.

Class 5A Regional at Duncan

For the second consecutive season, the Duncan Lady Demons softball team will be a regional site next Tuesday.

Duncan will play host to Harrah, Noble and Western Heights.

Other regional sites in Class 5A are Shawnee, Deer Creek-Edmond, Carl Albert, Coweta, Catoosa, Skiatook and Bixby.

Duncan is ranked eighth in Class 5A, and Harrah comes in at 11th. Western Heights comes in at 18th, while Noble is the only unranked team.

“We got three “City” (Oklahoma City) teams here and that is something that is different,” DHS head coach Butch Evans said. “I guess they (the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association) wanted to change things up.”

Evans said that the Harrah Lady Panthers, the second seed at the regional, are very similar to DHS.

“They are pretty salty,” Evans said. “They are a lot like us. Their pitching is a little bit above average, and they hit the ball well. We have a little bit more speed than they do. We’ve also got the home-field advantage.”

Duncan beat Noble 6-0 earlier in the season, but NHS has started several freshmen and have improved throughout the season.

Evans said he believes that hosting regionals is a way for the softball program at DHS to start its own tradition.

“We are trying to start a new tradition here,” Evans said. “Once you start a tradition, it causes more players to come out to be part of that winning tradition.”

Class 4A Regional at Purcell

Marlow may have gotten one of the toughest draws of all the regionals.

The Lady Outlaws will have to contend with two ranked teams in Class 4A’s Top 10. Host Purcell comes in eighth and Blanchard is ninth, while the Lady Outlaws sit at 13th.

Okmulgee is the other team involved and is unranked.

Purcell and Okmulgee will open play at 1:30 p.m., while MHS and Blanchard square off at 3 p.m. The losers of the two games will play at 4:30 p.m., and the winners will take the field at 6 p.m.

“Any of them (regionals) are going to be tough,” MHS head coach Brian Miller said. “It is winnable, though.

“We know what Blanchard has, they beat us 3-0 in our third game of the season, and Purcell has one of the best pitchers around.”

Miller said that pitching will be the determining factor on how far the Lady Outlaws go in the postseason.

“Our key will be how our pitching goes,” he said. “We’re going to hit and play defense. Kailee has pitched well this season, but she has struggled lately.”

Class 3A Regional at Newcastle

Unranked Comanche will take on No. 5 Newcastle at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, while unranked Cordell-Washita Heights plays Jones at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The Lady Indians advanced to the regional by topping Frederick, which was also unranked.

Class 2A Regional at Healdton

Rush Springs will be paired up with Coalgate in the first round at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Coalgate is ranked ninth in the class, while rush Springs is 13th.

Healdton is the top seed, ranked seventh, and Amber-Pocasset is unranked. Healdton and Am-Po open the regional at 1:30 p.m.

Class A Regional at Apache

Both Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma wound up in Apache, and the draw is pretty much even for all involved.

All four teams are ranked, and all are somewhat familiar with the other teams.

Apache is the highest ranked team at No. 4, while Velma-Alma is next at 14th and Fletcher is 16th. B-D is 19th.

Velma-Alma has played Fletcher three times and won 1-0 all three times, and the two teams will meet once more at 3 p.m. Thursday, following the Bray-Doyle-Apache affair at 1:30 p.m.

“We’ve played them three times and won 1-0 all three times,” V-A head coach Jimmy Miller said. “All three teams are really close. I’ve been at regionals where there is one monster and the other three teams were playing for second.”

Miller also feels good about the Lady Comets’ chance of advancing.

“If we play our game and do things correctly, we’ve got a chance to win,” he said.

Bray-Doyle head coach Joe Knapp agreed with Miller’s assessment of the regional.

“I really do feel like there’s not a team that is head and shoulders above the others,” he said. “With the way we’re hitting the ball and the way that Jordan Brown is pitching, I feel confident.”

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