The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the regional brackets for Class 6A and Class 5A softball on Tuesday, and one noticeable team is traveling instead of hosting.
Edmond North, the defending Class 6A champion, is traveling to Yukon despite finishing second in its district, which by rule would put the school as a host site.
But because of sanctions agreed to by the Edmond Public Schools after exceeding the games played limit last season, the Huskies cannot host regionals, OSSAA assistant director Amy Cassell said.
“They presented to us some options that they would like to see us put in play, and the board and the OSSAA approved those last year and allowed us to still play,” Edmond athletic director Mike Nunley said. “We did what we thought was the best option to be allowed to continue playing.”
Yukon, which finished third in District 6A-2, became the fourth host for regionals based on geographical location with Lawton.
The other three sites are Moore, Southmoore and Edmond Memorial.
In Class 5A, Deer Creek, Piedmont, Chickasha, Duncan, Claremore, Tahlequah, Carl Albert and Durant are all hosts.
The state tournament for Classes 6A, 5A and 4A is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 at The Ballfields at Firelake in Shawnee.
Southmoore was the only Class 6A team to go undefeated in district play this season, and both the offense and senior pitcher Katelyn Brown have came up big this season.
The SaberCats are hitting .440 as a team and have scored 257 runs en route to a 25-3 record.
Brown has allowed just four runs all season. She also won five games last week, striking out 28 and allowing 10 hits.
“We've been wearing it out and scoring a lot of runs,” Southmoore coach Jeff Small said. “The downside to that is you want to be in some of those close games because down the road you're going to see some of them and you want that of experience of being in those tight and critical situations where the pressure is on.”
The SaberCats, who host Moore on Thursday, have three players with at least 50 at-bats hitting above .500.
Shayla Williams is currently hitting .557, while Yesenia Torres and Trinity Edwards are each hitting .540 and .513, respectively.
“I've got seven kids that are really dangerous, that can hit balls out and are tough outs,” Small said. It's a little bit of uncharted territory for us.”