Adjusts Friday times/locations
WYANDOTTE — A look at the weekend weather forecast should make Wyandotte softball coach Kendall Young very happy.
The final day of last year’s Wyandotte Fall Classic was cancelled due to heavy rain.
The forecast for this year’s tournament, which runs Thursday, Sept. 7 through Saturday, Sept. 9 calls for perfect fall weather: mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the lower 80s.
The tournament featured two divisions in 2015, with Quapaw and Kansas taking titles.
Quapaw downed Vinita, 10-5, for the White Division title and Kansas beat Jay, 5-1, for tops in the Black Division.
There is one division this year, with 10 teams in the field.
Wyandotte, Kansas, Oktaha, Ketchum and Quapaw make up the Black pool with Adair, Miami, Welch, Fairland and Oaks in the White pool.
Six of the 10 teams in the field are ranked in this week’s ossaarankings.com polls
Adair (13-4) is sixth in 3A. The Lady Warriors rallied for a 3-2 win over East Newton High of Granby, Missouri, in the finals of the Lady Tiger Classic Saturday, Sept. 2, at Commerce.
Oktaha (9-3) is ninth in 3A and the Lady Owls are seventh in 2A despite losing four of their last five games. They picked up two first-place votes.
Kansas (14-6) is 10th in 2A. The Lady Comets routed 2A No. 10 Chouteau 12-0, Monday, Sept. 4.
The host Lady Bears (10-6) are 20th in Class 2A. They’re working on a three-game winning streak after losing four of five.
Welch (13-5) is 20th in Class B. The Lady Wildcats also are on a roll. They lost three of four but now have won five in a row.
Eight pool games will be played Thursday and Friday with a final four on Saturday.
The third-place game will be at 4 p.m. Saturday with the championship decided at 5:30 p.m.
Welch faces Adair at 10 a.m. Thursday in the tournament’s first game.
The remainder of the schedule on Thursday includes Welch vs. Miami, 11:30 a.m.; Oaks vs. Adair, 1 p.m.; Oaks vs. Fairland, 2:30 p.m.; Quapaw vs. Ketchum, 4 p.m.; Wyandotte vs. Ketchum, 5:30 p.m.; Quapaw vs. Kansas, 7 p.m., and Wyandotte vs. Kansas, 8:30 p.m.
Friday’s schedule at Wyandotte includes Kansas vs. Ketchum, 10 a.m.; Oktaha vs. Ketchum, 11:30 a.m.; Oktaha vs. Quapaw, 1 p.m.; Welch vs. Oaks, 2:30 p.m.; Wyandotte vs. Quapaw, 4 p.m.; Oaks vs. Miami, 5:30 p.m.
Two Friday games — Fairland vs. Adair and Fairland vs. Miami — will be played at 1 and 2:30 p.m., respectively, at Fairland.
The final pool games on Saturday include Adair vs. Miami, 10 a.m.; Wyandotte vs. Oktaha, 11:30 p.m.; Fairland vs. Welch, 1 p.m., and Oktaha vs. Kansas, 2:30 p.m.
Miami enters the tournament with a 10-2 record, 5-2 in District 4A-6, which is fourth. The Lady Wardogs have been idle since sweeping Stilwell in a home-and-home series last Monday and Tuesday.
Quapaw is 6-7 while Ketchum and Oaks have won just one game each.
There will be a 70-minute time limit on all pool games.