NORMAN — Fastpitch regional pairings have been released for all classes, and games will begin on Oct. 10.
Moore, along with Southmoore and Westmoore, are favorites to advance to the state tournament and compete for a state title, but both Norman High and Norman North are in a position to make a run.
For the Tigers, that will mean advancing past the Lions. NHS (13-16) opens regional play against Putnam City (19-11) at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Moore, while the Lions (28-3) were awarded one of the tournament’s top seeds and will meet U.S. Grant (1-16) at noon on their home field.
Southmoore (25-3) also will host a regional, meeting Putnam City West (1-24) at noon. Also in the regional are Edmond Santa Fe and Putnam City North. Westmoore (26-8) earned the toughest draw, traveling to Jenks to compete with Midwest City and Bartlesville alongside the Trojans.
Norman North (12-16) is also traveling, heading to Edmond Memorial, where the Timberwolves will meet Mustang (19-9) at 2 p.m. while Lawton Eisenhower battles the host school.
Each regional is a true double-elimination format, which means that one loss won’t knock the team out of contention. Barring any delays, regionals will conclude with a championship game at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, with an if-necessary game at 4 p.m.
Injuries hurting NHS, North: Injuries have been a major story in Norman football this season, and that isn’t changing as the teams head into Week 5.
At North, junior linebacker Trace Magee is out for another week, while Jake Brewer and Dillon Hyden likely will join him on the sideline.
Things aren’t much better at NHS, where Darius Manning will miss another week with injury. Manning has been one-half of a dynamic running back duo with Dupree Young this season, and the Tigers amassed barely more than 100 yards last week in his absence.