By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Typically rivals, Enid and Stillwater are likely to combine baseball tournaments in 2014.
Enid coach Bill Mayberry and Stillwater coach Tony Holt discussed combining the two teams’ annual events — Enid’s Gladys Winters Tournament and the Stillwater Invitational — in the near future, including more teams and a larger area of the state.
The new format would include a 10-team field, with each site hosting a five-team pool to set up a final round involving all 10 teams at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in downtown Enid. After pool play, the top seed from each pool would play for the championship, the second from each for third place, the third seeds for fifth and so on.
The tournament would be a three-day event from Thursday to Saturday in mid-to-late April, when the Stillwater Tournament usually is played.
“It’s something that just came up,” said Holt during last weekend’s Gladys Winters Tournament. “I talked to Bill the other day. I haven’t gotten back with my people in Stillwater, but I kind of like the idea. We’ve got a good tournament, and (Enid) has a good tournament, and we can pull some teams from the east to play at our ballpark. We haven’t gotten everything ironed out, and it’s just kind of in the preliminary stages, but I like the idea.”
Holt said he would speak to Stillwater administrators this week about combining the tournaments, but didn’t anticipate any protest, leaving only small details, from filling the field to handling entry fees, to iron out.
Mayberry, who also is Enid High School’s athletic director, said the combination almost is certain to start next season.
“It’s a slam dunk,” he said. “I think for sure it’ll happen next year. I think we’ll have all the teams within a month, maybe sooner.”
Five teams — Enid, Stillwater, Tulsa Union, Putnam City North and eventual tournament champion Yukon — played in the 2013 Gladys Winters field, and Mayberry said two others — Edmond North and Midwest City — wanted to play in the event. The new field would include a mixture of those teams, and the rest likely would be determined soon after this year’s six-team Stillwater Tournament is played, the only stipulation being the teams would probably be limited to Class 6A.
“It’s just a good fit,” Mayberry said. “Stillwater and Enid are good baseball towns.”
Enid will play in this season’s Stillwater Invitational April 11-13.