OSSAA 6A Regional Preview: Mustang Regional


Scott Hood
Staff Writer

 

The big school regionals are across the state this week and for the first time in nearly two years we have elimination baseball in the spring. After a packed spring of covering high school baseball and many of the top prospects on each team at all levels, PBR takes an in-depth look at each team in every 6A regional. Each team is spotlighted with a look at their team profile and outlook as well as a few of their impact players who have stood out this spring and players to watch as they enter the postseason. 

MUSTANG BRONCOS

OVERALL RECORD: 20-12

DISTRICT RECORD: 9-3

The Broncos enter the post season hot winning 5 out of their last 6 games.  Their biggest strength so far this season is their pitching depth and ability to hold down opposing offenses with an eye-popping 8 shutouts this season.  The lineup is full of scrappy type hitters that make themselves tough outs and have shown the ability to put up runs in big numbers at times.  If they can continue to get the type of pitching performances they have been getting lately, the Broncos will be a tough out in their Regional this week.

IMPACT PLAYERS

CHANCE COX, LHP/OF, 2021 – The Senior lefty has shown his presence on both sides of the ball the season for the Broncos.  On the mound he works a cross-body arm slot with a fastball working in the low to mid 80’s and good feel for a sweepy breaking ball that will give left-handed hitters a lot of trouble.  At the plate he has a strong left-handed stroke and has shown the ability to leave the yard with good strength at contact.  

TABOR STOKES, SS, 2023 – After starting the season at the bottom of the order, Stokes has worked his way up to the top and is a big table-setter for the Broncos’ offense.  He has a smooth right-handed swing with good linear direction and takes good routes to the ball.  Defensively is where he shines the most with good lateral range and solid rhythm attacking the ball. 

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

GARRETT PAYNE, 1B/RHP, 2022

KYLE MANTOOTH, INF/RHP, 2022

KADEN PARKER, OF, 2021

BRODY REXROAD, 1B, 2021

 

EDMOND NORTH HUSKIES

OVERALL RECORD: 20-11

DISTRICT RECORD: 10-4

The Huskies have put together a very solid resume headed into Regional play this week and have shown the ability to get red hot at times.  They enter the Postseason with some quality wins over some of the better teams in the State and are currently on a four game winning streak with an offense that has put up 41 runs in those last four contests.  They have played in a lot of really close games as well this year which should provide them the important experience of handling tight games in pressure situations.

IMPACT PLAYERS

GABE MURRELL, RHP, 2022 – The Junior right hander will work his fastball in the upper 80’s and when commanded, can really rack up the strike outs in a hurry.  He has the type of stuff that can get hitters off the barrel and has shown the ability to carry his stuff deep into games.

PRYCE BENDER, SS/RHP, 2024 – The Freshman middle infielder and right hander has provided big boost to the Huskies roster this year by being able to handle the middle of the field as well as close games out on the backend on the mound.  After starting the season coming off the bench, Bender has established himself into the middle of the lineup as a run producer with gap power.  

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

WILL ELLIS, C/RHP, 2021

ELIJAH LAUS, INF/OF, 2022

HANK HEISELBETZ, INF, 2022

 

MIDWEST CITY BOMBERS

OVERALL RECORD: 17-16

DISTRICT RECORD: 3-11

The Bombers enter postseason play as one of the more intriguing teams to follow in the State.  They struggled in district play to a 3-11 record but boasts an impressive 14-4 in non-district games.  When the offense gets hot, they tend to score runs in bunches scoring 8 or more runs in 12 games this year.  The Bombers sport one of the younger rosters headed into Postseason play and the experience these young guys have received this season should be key for the program taking another step forward.  

IMPACT PLAYERS

BRYAN WILLIAMS JR, OF, 2024 – The Freshman outfielder is in charge of getting the offense going out of the lead spot and has been swinging a hot bat headed into the Postseason.  Very physically strong for a Freshman, Williams Jr. has very good strength at contact with his well-balanced swing. 

DEANGLO IRVIN JR, INF, 2023 – The Sophomore infielder has been working out of the middle of the order for the Bombers and has been racking up the power numbers as of late.  He has shown the ability for gap power and missed the cycle by a single a week ago against Kingfisher.  

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

TREVOR HAND, C, 2024

BRYSON SPRIGGS, INF, 2023

 

PUTNAM CITY NORTH PANTHERS

OVERALL RECORD: 11-16

DISTRICT RECORD: 2-9

The Panthers have had a bit of an up and down season in 2021, but they have shown some signs of life down the stretch picking up a couple victories in the last few weeks.  Their record can be a bit deceiving with going 2-9 in their district play but have gone 5-4 against other 6A teams outside of their District.  The biggest hurdle they have had all season is missing out on opportunities with 6 rainouts on the season.  They do have a good mix of younger guys in their lineup that will be able to get some much needed postseason experience under their belt and help the program take more steps forward in the coming years. 

GUYS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

LANDON FONZI, INF/RHP, 2023

HOLDEN BRADFORD, INF, 2022

AUSTIN MILLER, INF/RHP, 2021