MOORE — Fastpitch regional pairings have been released for all classes, and games will begin today after the tourney was moved up a day to avoid the threat of rain Friday.
Moore, along with Southmoore and Westmoore, are favorites to advance to the state tournament and compete for a state title, but both Norman High and Norman North are in a position to make a run.
For the Tigers, that will mean advancing past the Lions. NHS (13-16) opens regional play against Putnam City (19-11) at 2 p.m. today at Moore, while the Lions (28-3) were awarded one of the tournament’s top seeds and will meet U.S. Grant (1-16) at noon on their home field.
“We have worked all year at challenging ourselves no matter our opponent,” Moore coach Stephanie Riley said. “We will continue to work on situations and staying focused on our overall goal. I will have 16 players on this squad so I am hopeful to get all of them some playing time throughout the regional tournament.”
It’s the 11th straight year Moore has played host to the regional tourney.
Southmoore (25-3) also will host a regional, meeting Putnam City West (1-24) at noon today. Also in the regional are Edmond Santa Fe and Putnam City North. Westmoore (26-8) earned the toughest draw, traveling to Jenks to compete with Midwest City and Bartlesville alongside the Trojans.
Norman North (12-16) is also traveling, heading to Edmond Memorial, where the Timberwolves will meet Mustang (19-9) at 2 p.m. while Lawton Eisenhower battles the host school.
Each regional is a true double-elimination format, which means that one loss won’t knock the team out of contention. Barring any delays, regionals will conclude with a championship game at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, with an if-necessary game at 4 p.m.
Help coming: Westmoore has jumped out to a 5-0 record this year despite not having the services of its most versatile football player. Wide receiver /safety Lexus Lee fractured a bone in his foot the week before the season began and has been sidelined ever since.