Regional slowpitch softball action will be played today with five area teams still in the mix.

Regional slowpitch softball action will be played today with five area teams still in the mix.

In Class 5A, No. 14 Sulphur plays at No. 5 Purcell. Byng (No. 12) and Blanchard (No. 4) are in that regional. In Class 4A, No. 10 Davis, will host its game with No. 6 Mangum. Latta (No. 3) and Dibble finish out that regional.

“We have four very good teams at our regional,” Sulphur coach Joe Knapp said. “We are back at full strength now with everyone healthy. We like our chances, and the girls are very excited with the opportunity to play the best teams around.”

Davis will be shorthanded after losing left fielder Skye Martin to a broken arm in district play. But coach David Griffin believes his Wolves have what it takes to make state.

“Losing Skye is quite a blow to us,” Martin said. “We are thankful to be home because of our great fan support. We must win two to make state.”

In Class 3A, No. 4 will take on Rush Springs at Rush Springs. Also there is No. 3 Rock Creek and Hydro-Eakley (No. 16). Healdton’s Class 3A regional will be in Fletcher where the Bulldogs (No. 11) take on Merritt (No. 13). Navajo (No. 14) and Fletcher (No. 2) round things out.

In Class 2A, No. 18 Turner travels to Roff to take on the Tigers (No. 3). Soper (No. 8) and Keota (No. 14) are the other two squads.
Scott Hartman will need to replace senior third baseman and leadoff hitter Kelsey Yanez, who went down with a knee injury this last week.

“Playing without Kelsey will be very tough,” Hartman said. “We have the toughest region in Class 3A with Rush Springs, Rock Creek and Hydro. We have had to overcome tough breaks all year, and hopefully we can get through this situation.”

Healdton coach David Bingman has seen his Bulldogs gradually improve over the past few weeks.

“The teams we are up against this week all have good tradition,” Bingman said. “If we eliminate errors and hit with good consistency, I believe we can play with anyone. I believe we have a solid chance of getting the job done.”

According to Turner coach Shane Hill, the Falcons enter today’s action with everyone healthy.

“The way it is set up, every game must be played on Thursday,” Hill said. “You always hope that the entire team reports to school feeling well. We are all anxious to get started.  We are two wins away from state, and that is a good position to be in.”