The Texas Rangers have had an interest in buying the Oklahoma City RedHawks, but the asking price was too high, according to a report by ballparkdigest.com.
The Rangers, who served as the parent team of the RedHawks over the 1983 through 2010 seasons, turned down a deal with Mandalay Baseball Properties because of a price tag exceeding $20 million for the Pacific Coast League franchise.
Reports have been circulating that the Rangers, who currently have their Triple-A prospects based in Round Rock, Texas, might be interested in returning to Oklahoma City. The RedHawks are currently in their fourth season as the Houston Astros affiliate.
The Astros and RedHawks’ affiliation agreement ends at the close of this season. The Rangers and Round Rock’s agreement expires in 2018. Ballparkdigest.com reported that affiliation deals can be broken if both sides agree.
ENERGY LOSES AT DALLAS
The Oklahoma City Energy FC lost its second match of the season Tuesday, 1-0 loss to the FC Dallas Reserves. The match was tied 0-0 at intermission, but Andrew Jacobson’s score seven minutes into the second half was all Dallas would need.
There were plenty of opportunities for Oklahoma City in the second half, but none came closer than in the 90th minute. Following a red card on Dallas’ Moises Hernandez, Energy midfielder Michael Thomas lined up a penalty kick but failed to convert.
Oklahoma City was short-handed due to illness and only played with two substitutions. The Energy will have its home opener on Saturday, April 26, against the defending USL Pro champions Orlando City SC.
OREGON REMAINS NO. 1
Oregon remained No. 1 for the second consecutive week in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 poll. The Ducks, 37-5 overall and 11-1 in the Pac-12, were a unanimous choice. They received all 20 first-place votes.
Defending national champion Oklahoma (32-9) was No. 12 after winning two of three games last weekend against Baylor. Tulsa (38-5) was No. 16.
Oklahoma State was not ranked.
•Kalynn Schrock of Central Oklahoma was chosen as Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week. The senior from Choctaw was 3-0 with an 0.48 earned-run average last week. She struck out 32 in 29 innings.
•Shea Coats, a freshman at Oklahoma Christian University, was named Heartland Conference Pitcher of the Week. The Tuttle High product threw back-to-back shutouts, allowing four hits and seven walks. She struck out 12.