KETCHUM - Commerce gets another crack at Fairland in the Class 2A regional baseball tournament. Eventually.
The Lucky 7 Conference rivals were to have played Wednesday in a first round clash, but that was postponed until today - that is, weather permitting.
Rain throughout the day on Wednesday could force officials to push play back to Thursday or even later. Rain remains in the forecast through the weekend.
“It's not looking very good, but Ketchum does have a tarp - that is a definitely a plus,” Commerce coach Brian Simmons said.
If play does get under way today, Pocola and Ketchum will play in the 1:30 p.m. opener, with the Owls and Tigers squaring off at 3:30 p.m.
“The kids are chomping at the bit for a rematch,” Simmons said. “We feel we can play with Fairland. We have a chance to beat them.”
Fairland coasted to a 6-2 victory at Mickey mantle Field on March 26. Yancey Lett tossed a three-hitter for the Owls.
Simmons likes the pairings.
“We can't complain about it,” he said. “We've seen Fairland and we've played Ketchum in the past. Pocola, I don't know a lot about other than they are 22-8 and obviously are pretty good.
“We've got to come ready to play. I believe we can beat Fairland and I think our kids do too. We've got to show up.”
Commerce advanced to the regional with a 2-1 advantage over Oklahoma Union in district play last week.
The teams split the first two games. OU logged a 2-1 win on its home field last Thursday, then the Tigers won the next two 10-0 and 8-4.
Josh Botts was a one-man wrecking crew against Oklahoma Union, going 5-for-7 with three home runs and six RBIs.
He had a solo homer and two walks in Game 1, went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a triple with four RBIs in Game Two, then had a two-run homer in the clincher.
Nate Webb went 4-for-9 with a homer and double and Josh Pilkinton was 3-for-12 with three doubles. Josh Kelly went 3-for-7 in the series with a double.
CHS suffered an 8-7 loss to previously unbeaten Baxter Springs, Kan., in a Monday tuneup. The Lions bumped their record to 15-0 with the win over CHS but lost for the first time on Tuesday.
Andrew Long, a transfer from Picher-Cardin High School, hit a solo homer with one out in the seventh inning to provide the final margin of difference.
“We played really well,” Simmons said. “We did what we needed to do. We managed to throw our four main pitchers like we wanted to and we had a good day at the plate. We had a bunch of hits - we put the ball in play and made them make some mistakes.”