During his playing days at Ada High School, former three-sport star Chuckie Caufield never missed a game unless an injury prevented him from suiting up.

Caufield is now a senior with the University of Oklahoma, so local fans Mike Anderson and Chuck Roberts thought they’d swing by and see the Sooners take on rival Texas after they had taken in a high school track meet earlier that day on April 1.

The April Fool’s joke was on them.

Caufield missed his first game in who knows when that night while off attending a funeral of a grandparent.

The former Ada High stud is having a great senior campaign for the Sooners. Through 35 games (OU was 26-10 as of April 14), Caufield was hitting a team-best .376 with 10 doubles, a triple, two home runs and 23 RBIs.

Caufield fans have very chances left to catch the Sooners at home this spring. They host Missouri today at 1 p.m. and Rice Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Sooners are then on the road until May 5 when Kansas State comes to Norman for a three-game set.

Of course May 12-14, OU meets rival Oklahoma State for three installments of Bedlam. The first contest is in Tulsa at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the games will be played at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

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It doesn’t look like Byng will have an American Legion baseball team this year.

Last year’s Byng Legion General Manager Danny Wall found out he won’t be available for those duties after his son was selected to play for a prestigious Boomtown club out of Oklahoma City.

He, along with other local standouts Chad Keefer and Dearth Parker I might add.

But that’s not the only holdup.

Even if there was someone to act as GM, apparently Byng is no longer a viable spot for home games.

So no GM and no home equals no legion.

And that’s really too bad.

Some of my fondest memories as a sports writer are following around a loaded local American Legion baseball team. I’ll never forget that year at the Regional Tournament in Louisiana with Aaron Looper, Les Graham et al. We were within an eyelash of heading to the American Legion World Series.

It may be too late to save the Byng Legion program this year, but here’s hoping someone is able to revive it for the summer of 2007. This area has far too many talented baseball players to not have an American Legion program.

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As of Saturday afternoon, defending champ Kevin Gray has soared into the lead in the 2006 Ada Evening News Fantasy Baseball Challenge.

Unless James Myers makes a comeback of magnanimous proportions (he trailed 13-0 at of this writing), Gray (21-6-1) will having a commanding lead over former crime reporter Jeremy Cantrell (15-10-3) and Hall of Famer Leo Kelley (13-10-5).