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6A State Tourney Preview

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– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT

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TEAM CAPSULES

Broken Arrow (30-8)
The Tigers are headed back to the state tournament after missing out in 2015 and 2016. The Tigers lost three out of their last six games during the regular season but bounced back in a big way. After a close win over Moore in the first round of regionals, they dominated Union in two games by a combined score of 28-13 to advance to this week’s state tournament.

Championships: 2 (1991, 2011)

Record Against 6A State Teams: (4-5)

Deer Creek (29-5)
The Antlers have once again punched their ticket to the state tournament. Last year, in their first year competing against 6A competition, they made it all the way to the state championship game, but fell to Edmond Memorial. Deer Creek heads into the tourney with the most wins over teams in the state tournament with an 8-3 record, including an 8-0 win over their first round opponent Westmoore.

Championships: 0

Record Against 6A State Teams: (8-3)

Jenks (22-13)
Jenks is headed back to the state tournament for the second straight year. They made it to the state tournament after rallying to beat Sand Springs in winner take all game on Saturday. The Trojans will face off with Yukon in the first round on Thursday. They met on April 24th in the Tiger/Trojan Classic and Yukon got away with an 8-4 win.

Championships: 3 (1997, 2000, 2002)

Record Against 6A State Teams: (2-6)

Mustang (25-12)
For the first time since 2001, the Mustang Broncos are headed to the 6A state tournament. Out of the eight teams in the tournament field, Mustang’s 16-year drought between state tournament appearances is without a doubt the longest. However, they’re playing good baseball right now. They won their regional by a combined score of 24-4.

Championships: 1 (1982)

Record Against 6A State Teams: (4-5)

Norman North (28-7)
Norman North returns to the state tournament after winning their district this season. Last year, the T’Wolves were one of the hottest teams heading into state. They brought an 18-game winning streak into the tournament. However, they were bounced in the first round. The T’Wolves don’t have the momentum they had last year, but they’ll look for a different outcome this week.

Championships: 0

Record Against 6A State Teams: (3-3)

Owasso (31-3)
No surprise here, the Owasso Rams are headed back to the state tournament. They come into the tournament as one of the major favorites to win the whole thing. Owasso started off the season with 20 consecutive wins. They’re going into Thursday’s first round with the best overall record in the tournament. While it’s only two games, Owasso is the only team that has not lost to another tourney team.

Championships: 13 (1973, 1975, 1987, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015)

Record Against 6A State Teams: (2-0)

Westmoore (25-10)
The Westmoore Jaguars have to be considered the wildcard during this tournament. The Jaguars were upset on the first day of the playoffs in a regional loss to Lawton. That put the Jaguars in a must win situation and they would need to win four straight wins to get to state. They avenged their loss to Lawton and then beat Edmond Santa Fe twice by a combined two runs.

Championships: 1 (1994)

Record Against 6A State Teams: (4-6)

Yukon (28-9)
The Yukon Millers returns to the state tournament and they’ve had an up and down season. However, when things were going right, the Millers were extremely tough to beat. They’re making their third straight appearance in the state tournament and will run into a Jenks team that they already beat this season, when the tournament begins on Thursday.

Championships: 1 (1982)

Record Against 6A State Teams: (5-4)

STORYLINES

Deer Creek Ready For Next Step
Whether it be 6A or 5A, Deer Creek has been a mainstay at the state tournament during this decade. However, they haven’t been able to capture that elusive state title. In fact, in the last three years in the state tournament, in 6A and 5A, Deer Creek has lost to the eventual state champion. They made it to the 2016 and 2014 championship games and lost on both occasions. In 2015, they lost to eventual champion Shawnee in the first round.

Familiar Foes Meeting Again
Not only have Jenks and Yukon faced off once this season, but they’ve had several encounters at the state tournament. This will be the third time in the last six seasons that they meet up in the first round of the state tournament. In 2012, Yukon knocked off the Trojans. The following year, Jenks advanced to the semifinals with a 5-4 win.

Owasso Feeling Like Goliath
It’s no secret that Owasso has one of the best baseball programs and maybe the absolute top program in state history. You look at the state championships and it’s apparent. The Rams have won 13 state titles. The rest of the tournament field? Eight combined championships between the rest of the seven teams.

PREDICTED FINISH

Deer Creek VS Owasso
Deer Creek has made it to the championship game two out of the last three years. We think they make it three out of four and the second straight. They’ll run into an Owasso team that is hungry to bring home another championship after being upset in the quarterfinals a year ago. In the end, it’ll be Owasso’s firepower and depth that provides the difference.

The Pick

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