SALINA, OK —
Salina’s Wildcats improved to 16-8 on the diamond with a 5-2 home win over Class 4A Fort Gibson Monday in preparation for this weekend’s Salina Invitational Tournament.
The Wildcats also took a step back up in the Class 3A rankings, moving to the fifth spot after falling as far as No. 6 in recent weeks. Salina had crept as high as No. 2 in the state.
Verdigris has topped the Class 3A rankings since the polls opened, and the Cardinals protected that ranking with a 10-0 road win over Adair Tuesday.
The young Warriors (11-10), who have just five upperclassmen on their roster, have hovered around .500 all year. On Monday, Adair struck Commerce with a 12-0 run-rule win at Commerce.
The Warriors will take part in the Salina tourney this weekend as well, opening at noon Thursday against Westville at Locust Grove.
LG, which will co-host the tourney with the Wildcats, escaped from Wagoner with a 10-9 win over the Bulldogs Tuesday to improve to 7-15.
Adair and Locust will tangle in the only scheduled meeting between Mayes County teams at the tournament at 2 p.m. Friday at Locust Grove.
Chouteau sneaked past Okay, 6-5, Monday before dropping a doubleheader at Nowata Tuesday.
The Wildcats (5-16) dropped the opener 13-3 and fell in a much closer nightcap, 4-2. Chouteau will take on Chelsea in a home matchup at 4:30 p.m. Friday.