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October 7, 2007

Haskell tries for softball title two days later

Coach Greg Wilson believes his Haskell High School softball team will be ready to play today for the Class 2A state championship — two days after it was originally scheduled.

“I still think we’ll come focused as we head off on the bus (to Oklahoma City),” he said. “They’re going to be a little tight like they were (Saturday). But they loosened up and I had a good feeling going into the game. They had their nerves calmed down.”

The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather. A rain that began during the Class B state championship game between Red Oak and Sentinel eventually delayed play for more than three hours. The decision was made to move the games to today.

Weather permitting, Haskell, 27-14 for the season, plays Konawa (39-1) for the title at 6 p.m. at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium after the Red Oak-Sentinel game resumes at 5 p.m.

Wilson knows there won’t be as many Lady Haymakers’ fans at today’s game.

“I know people have to work,” he said. “But I was proud to see we had a lot of fans there Saturday.”

Jalie Neal (13-3) takes the mound for the Lady Haymakers. She’s already won Haskell’s first two games in the tournament, beating defending champion Oktaha and Ringling by identical 1-0 scores.

“I’m a believer in what’s supposed to happen will happen,” Wilson said. “Maybe it was meant for us to play another day. We’ve still got to do things to win and Konawa has to try to the same things. I’m sure it’s a fair deal to play on a drier field.”

Konawa has reached the finals by beating Mangum 6-0 and Apache 2-0.

In the other title games, Chelsea defeated Henryetta 1-0 in Class 3A, Tuttle upended Piedmont 3-2 in 4A and Sterling blanked Fort Cobb-Broxton 6-0 in Class A.

The 6A and 5A state tournament is Thursday through Saturday.

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