Brian Johnson Special Correspondent
It’s been a longtime coming, but after more than a month-long hiatus, the Class A State Baseball Tournament is back on.
Coach Ead Simon’s Roff Tigers are ready to swing back into action during semifinal play on Saturday.
Wright City, which won an appeal Tuesday with the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association after an extended break, will face Sterling in the final first-round contest on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Shawnee High School.
The rest of the tournament concludes on Saturday at a yet-to-be-determined site with two semifinal contests and the championship game between the two survivors. Rattan will face Cashion at 2 p.m. while Roff squares off with the Wright City-Sterling winner at 4 p.m. in the other semifinal clash.
The championship game will follow at approximately 6 p.m.
“We’re glad to know something in concrete,” said Simon about the timing of the remainder of the tournament. “It was a matter in which we didn’t know if we would play in 48 hours or a week later. Not knowing was the hard part.”
Roff has certainly stayed in baseball shape with a normal practice routine along with playing three summer league games.
“The good thing about this is that we’re very young. We’ve been still practicing and working on a lot of things,” Simon said. “We’ve had two or three weeks of really good practices.”
The Tigers enter Saturday’s semifinal with a 23-12 record after coasting past Glencoe 12-5 in a first-round contest way back on May 3rd.
Roff and Glencoe each totaled 10 hits in the game, but the Tigers broke open a close 4-3 affair with a five-run fifth inning and three more scores in the sixth to pull away. Execution of bunts and base running also played a vital role.
Mike Anderson went 3-for-4 from the plate with one RBI and three runs scored for Roff while teammate Bryce Antonio was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in. Andy Antonio went 2-for-4 with a triple.
Also helping out the Tiger offense was Dalton Reed who was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and two runs scored while Cruz Villafranco contributed an RBI double.
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