OWASSO – Two of the state’s premier high school baseball programs will face off in the fourth annual St. John Battle of the Bats on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The game, which switches home field each year, will be held at Stigall Field, 12901 E. 86th St. N., in Owasso.
A press conference featuring players and coaches is scheduled for Monday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. in the Owasso Ram Room, located on the third floor of the Owasso High School Wellness Center, 12901 E. 86th St. N.
“Broken Arrow and Owasso have had a tremendous rivalry over the years, and both programs have a great deal of respect for each other,” said Ken Ellett, Broken Arrow athletic director. “Both programs will have some new faces in the lineup this year, but the competitive fire will always be there to win this game.”
Broken Arrow leads the Battle of the Bats series 2-1 after defeating Owasso in last year’s game. Owasso went on to win the 2015 6A State Baseball Championship.
“This is always a well-played and well-coached series,” said Zach Duffield, Owasso athletic director. “Folks that come out to see this game will not be disappointed with the level of baseball they get to watch.”
The first 300 fans to attend the Battle of the Bats will receive a sport bottle with their team’s logo, courtesy of St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Owasso. Other event extras include St. John Kids Club giveaways and health information provided by Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates.
“As the provider of sports medicine for both the Broken Arrow Tigers and the Owasso Rams, St. John Health System and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates are fortunate to be a part of such a great rivalry in high school baseball,” said David Phillips, president and chief operating officer of St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Owasso hospitals. “We have many baseball fans from Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso attend this event to see some of the best high school baseball players in the state.”