High schools: OSSAA still searching for baseball title game sites

The most obvious sites are all off the table. The Oklahoma City RedHawks, Tulsa Drillers, Oral Roberts, OU and OSU ball fields are all unavailable.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 20, 2013
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photo - Dale celebrates their win over Latta in the Class A Fall baseball state tournament at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City,  Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Dale celebrates their win over Latta in the Class A Fall baseball state tournament at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

They hoped to have the issue settled by now.

Usually, it is.

The sites for the state baseball championships are usually set far in advance.

This year, though, the sites for the Class 6A and 5A state tournaments might not be decided until just a few weeks before the event.

The problem, generally, isn't in finding a place to play the first two days of the tournament but where to play the championship game.

The most obvious sites are all off the table.

The Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Tulsa Drillers will both be at home May 11, when the title games are scheduled.

Oral Roberts, site of four of the last 10 6A and 5A title games, is hosting McNeese State that afternoon.

Oklahoma's L. Dale Mitchell Park is unavailable due to graduation ceremonies taking place on campus that weekend.

Oklahoma State's Allie P. Reynolds Stadium is similarly unavailable.

“I would like to say that we'll be able to say in the next month or so where we're going,” Mike Whaley of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association said. “We've looked around at quite a few places but a lot of them don't really fit.”

The OSSAA needs a venue that can handle the fans and parking that the state title game would bring. Location is also a factor as is the proximity of another sub-site needed to host at least the first day of the tournament.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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