Four area baseball teams will be playing for a chance to attend the State Baseball Tournament next week. Arnett, Fargo/Fort Supply, Leedey and Vici have all advanced from district play and will now compete at the regional level.

Class B at Arnett

Of the four area schools, Arnett is the only one hosting a regional event.

The Wildcats have been paired with Leedey, Olustee and Chattanooga. Arnett will take on Olustee on Thursday at 2 p.m. while Leedey will play Chattanooga at 4 p.m.

The winners of the first two games will play at 6 p.m. with the winner of that game qualifying for the state tournament.

On Saturday, the losers of games one and two will play to see who will advance to play the loser of game three and the winner of that game will also advance to the state tournament.

Arnett baseball coach, Coby Nelson feels good about his teams chances in the regional tournament.

“We have been playing some good ball lately and it helps that we are hosting the event,” he said

Going in against Olustee, Nelson said the Wildcats are blind, because they have not seen them play this year. Nelson said he has heard they do not possess a lot of power, but play small ball real well.

“They will use their speed and bunt a lot against other teams,” said the coach.

Nelson said the Wildcat baseball team has enjoyed success against teams that play small ball.

Nelson feels Leedey will be the team to beat, being the Bison are a perennial power in Class B.

The Wildcats, though, are ranked fourth and Leedey sixth Chattanoga is ranked 12th and Olustee is unranked.

Arnett and Leedey are no strangers to each other as the two teams have played five times this season with Arnett winning three of those games.

“We have gained a ton of confidence this year playing against top ranked teams and we will not shy away from them,” said Nelson. “We just need to win our first two games and then we don’t have anything to worry about.”

Class B at Dover

In the regional tournament being held in Dover, the Vici Indians have their work cut out for them. Being the lowest ranked team at 11th, Vici will have an uphill battle.

Dover is ranked second, Lookeba-Sickles is third and Cimarron is ranked eighth.

“It is a pretty tough regional. Dover beat us 7-2 earlier in the season and we have played Cimarron three times with Cimarron winning two of the three game,” said coach Rothy Briggs. “But they were all pretty close games.”

The Indians will open with Dover in a 2 p.m. game followed by Cimarron and Lookeba-Sickles at 4 p.m.

Briggs said the team is happy to be at the regional tournament and will have to play solid ball to advance to the state tournament.

“We’re looking at finishing first or second and Dover is a tough team with good pitching,” said Briggs.

Against Dover, Briggs said the Indians will have to play good defense and will need to score runs every inning in the opening game.

Offensively, the Indians like to play small ball. They want to move runners over on the basepaths and they will bunt the ball a lot and manufacture as many runs as they can.

“We have two pitchers who can beat anybody in the state and if they are throwing well we have a chance,” Briggs said. “We are happy to be there, we are a young team and we are the underdogs and we have nothing to lose.”

Class A at Sterling

The only Class A team to advance to the regional tournament from the area is Fargo/Fort Supply.

The Bearcats will play at Sterling with Roff and Fort Cobb-Broxton.

Fargo/Fort Supply will take on FC-Broxton at 2 p.m. and Sterling will play Roff at 4 p.m.

In this regional, all four teams are ranked with Roff being the highest of the bunch at three, while FC-Broxton is ranked ninth, Fargo/Fort Supply is 11th and Sterling is ranked 14th.

Coach Allen Tune feels his squad is ready to play an after the district tournament where the Bearcats knocked off perennial power Sentinel.

“Our pitchers threw will in districts,” said Tune.

In the first game of the district tournament, Fargo beat Hammon then the Bearcats beat Sentinel.

“I think we have as good a shot at winning as anybody does. We have been playing pretty well lately,” said Tune. “When you get this deep, especially in our regional, you have to hit the ball and the pitchers have to throw strikes.”

Tune said FC-Broxton is a pretty good team, a lot like his team.

“They will put the ball in play and they do not make a lot of mistakes,” Tune said.

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