Several area softball teams are ranked in their respective classifications by www.okrankings.com. Some teams may solidify their position even more today when new rankings come out.


Several area softball teams are ranked in their respective classifications by www.okrankings.com. Some teams may solidify their position even more today when new rankings come out.

Davis is ranked No. 5 in Class 3A and hosts No. 12 Sulphur, also in 3A, at 4 p.m. today. The game is a rivalry game and it has more significance with both teams being high in the rankings.

“It is always a good rivalry,” Davis coach David Griffin said. “It will be a good game with them.”

Davis (14-1) suffered its first loss last weekend at the ASA Hall of Fame Festival in Oklahoma City, losing to Class 4A No. 9 Purcel1. Griffin said his team is excited to have a high ranking, and it should not be hurt too bad by losing to a highly-ranked larger school.

“It is the highest rank we have had in three years I have been here,” Griffin said. “The team is excited about it. They are playing well and we are working hard.”

Sulphur (15-5) lost four of its first six games and is 12-1 since then, with the loss coming last weekend in the tournament in Oklahoma City.
Also in Class 3A is Plainview at No. 7, which is the highest rank the Indians have had since coach Alicia Foster took over four years ago.
“The seniors we have now were freshmen when I started,” Foster said. “This is a great accomplishment for our girls.”

She said the work put in by the players is paying off and it is “good to get a little recognition.”

“We have talked about moving up one spot each week,” Foster said. When the team breaks its huddle before games, the players say “one a week.”

Plainview (10-3) has scored 10 or more runs in seven of its 12 games, and has scored 20 twice.

In Class 2A, Ringling (10-5) is ranked No. 7. The Blue Devils’ best win so far was a 8-2 victory over Class 3A No. 28 Lindsay at the Hall of Fame Festival last weekend.

In Class A, Healdton (9-6) is ranked No. 4. Healdton defeated Ringling 7-4 on Aug. 23. Since then, the Bulldogs have lost four consecutive games to top 5 teams in different classes.

Healdton was to have continued its brutal schedule Monday with a home game against Latta, No. 4 in Class 2A, but the game was canceled by Latta.

Coach Joel Bradberry said his team might slip a little after the losses, but is proud of the team. The Bulldogs have played in the 2A state championship game the past two seasons, winning in 2009.

“We are a young team and they have worked hard to continue a winning tradition,” he said. “We like to play hard teams and that wil help us at the end.”

He said he was also pleased with the way the team has held up under the heat this year.

“I know they will play hard because that is their character,” Bradberry said. “You can’t feel great every day when it is 100 degrees, so I am very happy with all of them and the way they are playing.”

Rankings are released on okrankings.com around noon on Tuesdays each week.

James Jordan
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