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Thursday, May 2, 2013

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 do it for the seniors,” Wilda said. “We were excited to get that 38th win.”

The Drovers entered the conference tournament fourth seed and are guaranteed three games, with a chance at playing in the SAC Finals on Saturday.

“The Sooner Athletic Conference is one of the toughest conference in the nation, so every game is a battle,” Wilda said. “So we are excited. We are ready to get going.”

The winner of the tournament receives an automatic bid to the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, which has been a goal for the Drovers all season. Without the SAC win, they will have to rely on an at-large bid.

“We are confident in the way we’ve played all season,” Wilda said. “I think so far we’ve done enough to get in regardless of whether or not we win it.”