WISTER — This spring high school baseball season marks the fifth consecutive high school baseball season in which the Wister Wildcats have ended it with a state-tournament appearance. The ’Cats, who will play the Oktaha Tigers at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Oklahoma City's Dolese Park in the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals, have made state in either the spring or the fall since the 2010 spring season.
“I knew we'd be good because we've played together since we were little,” said senior pitcher/catcher Cody Luman, who signed last month with Carl Albert State College. “Our dream was to go to the state tournament, and win it. Going five straight times has been pretty good.”
After winning the state title last spring, the Wildcats really have only one main goal in mind — play their best each and every game.
“We still have to come out and play our best,” senior second baseman Dalton Brown said. “If we don't, we're going to get knocked off.”
After winning state last spring, the ‘Cats made their fourth straight state-tournament appearance, making the Class A State Tournament last fall for the second straight fall season. However, the trip was a short one as they were shocked by Amber-Pocasset in the quarterfinals. They hope that doesn't happen tonight.
“Last fall, I think we went in way too confident, and we got beat,” senior left fielder Caleb Hill said. “This year, we've just taken it one game at a time. We really had a good regional last weekend. Now, I think we have a good shot to do well (at state).”
If the Wildcats can win the Class 2A State Tournament championship Saturday afternoon at Shawnee's Ed Skelton Field, it would mean that they won state in 40 percent of their five trips to state — which would be quite a feat for the senior class.
“It would be great to win another state title, and bring it back to Wister,” senior pitcher/first baseman Clint Crane said. “I just hope we get it done.”
Wister played Oktaha earlier this season and defeated the Tigers on their home field. While that will help a little bit for tonight's state quarterfinal game, Oktaha's team will not be quite the same as what Wister faced during the regular season.
“It does help that we played them, and it gives us some confidence since we did beat them,” senior center fielder Logan Warren said. “But I don't know how much it will help us. I've heard they've gotten some new players who didn't play when we played them earlier this season. But if we play good, it shouldn't make a difference. I just hope we win it.”
All five seniors described the feeling they are hoping to experience at about 5 p.m. Saturday in Shawnee after winning their second straight Class 2A state title.
“It would mean everything for we seniors,” Warren said. “We've been working hard all year. We just hope we can go out as state champions as seniors like last year's seniors did because we looked up to them a lot, and they (underclassmen) will be able to do the same thing with us.”
“I think it would mean the world to all of us to go out on top again — to finish our high school careers as state champions again,” Crane said. “I think that would be the greatest day in our lives. That's the way we felt last spring when we won the state championship.”
“That would be awesome to win another one.,” Hill said. “All we seniors have worked hard, and it would mean a lot to all of us.”
“It's going to mean the world to all of us,” Brown said. “It would feel good to be able to go out on top again.”
“It would be great for we seniors if that would happen,” Luman said. “We're just going to try to win our last game we play so we can get that same feeling (like last year) once again.”