WELCH - Welch will be a spectator well before it's a participant in the Class A fast-pitch softball state tournament.

The third-seeded Lady Wildcats have been placed in Thursday's last game at the Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City - facing No. 6 Velma-Alma at 6:15 p.m.

“It's one of those things - I don't know if it's good or not (sitting around all day), Welch coach Josh Schertz said. “I would rather p lay around noon or 2. I don't want to sit around but there's not much we can do.'

No. 1 Sterling faces eighth-seeded Bray-Doyle in the noon opener. No. 4 Depew meets No. 5 Keota at 1:45 p.m. with No. 2 Fort Cobb-Broxton battling No. 7 Dewar at 4:15 p.m.

Semifinal games will be Friday at noon and 2 p.m. with the title game Saturday at 11 a.m.

“Any of the top eight teams there will have a shot, Schertz said.

This marks the second straight trip to the fast-pitch state and third overall in as many chances for Welch, which also qualified for the slow-pitch state for the first time in May.

The Lady Wildcats lost 3-1 to Fort Cobb-Broxton in the opening round last year. Held hitless by Jamie Denton until the seventh, when the Lady Cats ran off four straight singles.

Fort Cobb got all of its runs in the third inning, taking advantage of three errors with two out.

Velma-Alma (20-25) advanced with a 5-0 win over Soper in their regional.

They've faced Sterling and Fort Cobb during the regular season, dropping three one-run games to Sterling. Schertz said the Lady Comets led Fort Cobb 2-0 only to fall 3-2.

“They are a team that's right there, Schertz said.

The Lady Comets suffered a 1-0 loss to Depew in the first round a year ago.

“They lost two outfielders from that team, Schertz said. “They are pretty good. They are very athletic.