By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Cimarron coach Paul Martin is playing down the home field advantage for a Class B regional softball tournament which begins today.
“It’s always fun to play on your home field,’’ Martin said, “but the girls on the other three teams don’t have to worry about fixing the field. They just have to play. In a way that’s an advantage, too.’’
Cimarron (15-7) faces Kremlin-Hillsdale (18-8) at noon, followed by No. 3 Arnett against Waukomis at 2. The losers play at 4, followed by the winners at 6.
The Lady Blazers have won seven of their last eight games, including a sweep of Medford in the district.
“We had a really good season,’’ Martin said. “We can get a spark from anyone in our lineup. I think it’s pretty wide open. I don’t think Arnett will overlook anyone. They were the runner-up in our tournament. They know the ability of teams in this area.’’
Kremlin-Hillsdale (18-8) is riding a five-game winning streak, including a 3-0 record in the district tournament.
“I feel good about it,’’ said Kremlin-Hillsdale coach Brad Hawkins. “We had been to regionals in six or seven years, and it was one of the goals the girls wanted to achieve.’’
Kremlin-Hillsdale is led by Karlee Bittle and Katie Davis, both of whom are hitting over .400. Davis and Ryan Voth give the Lady Broncs a lefty-righty pitching rotation.
Waukomis (14-9) won two out of three games from Covington-Douglas to win its district. The Lady Chiefs have won five of their last six games. They beat Kremlin-Hillsdale twice in the regular season, 5-4 and 11-7.
“We can play with any team there,’’ said Waukomis coach Jim Hurst.
Ashton Smith (.380), Rikki Hess (.375) and Kysha Heck (.370) lead the WHS attack. Senior pitcher Brittany Bingham “is the biggest reason why we are where we are,’’ Hurst said.
Arnett (25-8) lost to Class A Pioneer twice in the Cimarron Fall Classic finals. It beat Hammon twice (8-5 and 12-0) to win its district.
• Pioneer coach Dave Riesen likes the No. 8-ranked Lady Mustangs (32-8) for a Class A regional at Woodland. Pioneer has won seven of its last eight games.
They face Welch (16-11) at 2 p.m. in the first round today. Welch beat South Coffeyville and Afton at district.
No. 20 Barnsdall (20-10) faces Woodland (18-8) at noon. Woodland rallied back from a 7-2 deficit to beat Pioneer 9-8 on Aug. 17. They beat Barnsdall 7-2 on Aug. 23.
“It’s nice to see some people that we don’t know a lot about,’’ Riesen said. “They don’t know a lot about us. You just go play and let the best team win.
“If we do what we have been doing the last two weeks — pitch well and play good defense, we should be all right. That’s a big key to a regional and I feel very comfortable in both areas. We have been getting some timely hitting.’’
• Ringwood (27-10) and ranked No. 12 in Class A, faces No. 17 Pond Creek-Hunter (20-8) at 2 p.m. today at the Mooreland Class A regional. The two teams didn’t play in the regular season.
“Coach (Mary) Crow does a good job with them,’’ said Ringwood coach Nathan Pearson. “We definitely have our hands full. Everybody is tough at the regionals.’’
Pearson said defense will be the key for the Red Devils.
“You may not always hit well,’’ Pearson said, “but you can always play good defense. If our defense can keep us in the game for five innings, maybe our offense can win it in the fifth, six or seventh.’’
Pond Creek-Hunter swept Garber, 15-0 and 10-0 at district.
No. 3 Mooreland (29-5), coached by ex-Pioneer product Luke Thompson, faces Texhoma at noon.
The Lady Bearcats have won 11 of their last 12 games. They have two wins over Ringwood. The won their three districts games over Laverne and Buffalo by a combined 25-0 score.
Texhoma (18-8) has won nine of its last 10 games. T
The Red Devils took two out of three games from Hooker in the district. The two teams combined for 89 runs.