Heath Wilda

CHICKASHA – Senior Heath Wilda has been an instrumental part of Drover baseball’s record-breaking season but remains humble about his role in it all.

In a Sunday afternoon home doubleheader, the Drovers tied and then beat the school’s wins record, which was set in 2009. Being a part of the experience, Wilda said, was special for him and his teammates.

“It was a really good experience. Us 16 seniors were really excited to...

Owen Adams

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Drovers and the Hillcats battled through nine action-packed innings on Wednesday afternoon, but USAO came out on top in the first game of the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.

No. 25 Drovers (39-14) scored in four separate innings to defeat Rogers State 6-5.

“We came in and did what we needed to do. It was a great game from both sides until the final pitch,” Head Coach Mike Ross said. “...

Coach and Logo

CHICKASHA – With the regular season wrapped up, the Drovers enter the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament as fourth seed.

“I’m pretty happy we got the fourth seed. It’s only the second time we finished the top four, so we are pretty happy,” head coach Mike Ross said.

The Drovers entered the conference picked to finish fifth.

The round-robin style tournament spans four days, with the first set of games on...

Jared Coon

CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball team set the school’s wins record as well as an individual hitting and appearances records in Sunday’s final regular season doubleheader against Mid-America Christian.

Collecting two more wins, the Drovers (38-16) set the school record for most wins in a season. In 2009, the Drovers had a record of 37-14.

Left fielder Jared Coon, who had three hits and scored three runs on Sunday, now tops...

Seth Sturgeon  & Tashina Ototivo

CHICKASHA – A rigorous class schedule. Daily demands at practices. Regular out-of-town away game trips. Participation in campus activities and student life.

Sounds like a lot for one student, but two USAO athletes have figured it out.

Tashina Ototivo and Seth Sturgeon earned the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Award because of strong performances in the classroom, on the field and court and their involvement in the...

Chris Fischer

CHICKASHA – After a three-hitter against the No. 19 team in the country, USAO’s Chris Fischer was named Sooner Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Against Oklahoma Baptist on Sunday, Fischer (4-3) threw a complete game, allowing just three hits and walking just two batters. In the win, Fischer didn’t permit any earned runs.

In the game, he threw 10 strikeouts, which matches his season high set in early March against...

Chris Fischer

CHICKASHA – USAO split in another conference series over the weekend, taking two from (19) Oklahoma Baptist.

In the Sunday afternoon doubleheader at Bill Smith Ballpark, the Drovers (34-16) won the first game before falling in the second.

The Drovers came out strong in the first inning of the day. After three quick outs in the top of the inning, the Drovers’ third batter, Heath Wilda, hit two-run homer to bring home...

Zach Gonzalez

CHICKASHA – From solid hitting to great catches at first base, Zach Gonzalez has been a crucial part to the Drover baseball program for the last two seasons. In fact, he may be best known for his sliding splits first.

“In junior high, I just went out to try to get somebody out, and I just happened to be in the splits. Every since then, I just go out there and try to look good doing it,” he said with a laugh.

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Daniel Edwards

CHICKASHA – In their second ever Pink Out Cancer game, the Drovers (30-14) split against the Saint Gregory’s Cavaliers on Friday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.

The first game was a pitching battle that went into the eighth inning. USAO pitcher Blake McMullen (8-2) threw nine strikeouts total in his eight innings on the mound. The Drovers fell 1-0.

Game two saw more action at the plate for both teams. After giving...

Pink Logo

CHICKASHA – Both Drover baseball and softball programs have teamed up with USAO’s Drovers Against Cancer to host the annual Pink Out Cancer games this weekend at Bill Smith Ballpark.

This is the third year the Drover softball team has had such a game and the second year for USAO’s baseball team. Drovers Against Cancer has organized a pink game for soccer and basketball already this school year.