By Buck Ringgold
Baseball teams from across the state, even the elite ones in the highest classes, continue to tally recent losses.
Yet, there has been one school that has avoided the upset bug thus far, and as a result, that squad has ascended to the top spot in the latest set of SBLive Oklahoma rankings.
Here now is the SBLive Oklahoma Top 25 high school baseball rankings, with games updated through Wednesday.
1. Silo (16-0)
The top-ranked team in Class 2A, the Rebels continue their winning ways. Last week, they beat a 3A team in Antlers (16-1) and 4A Lone Grove (8-0). Then on Tuesday, the Rebels picked up a 9-1 win against Class B No. 5 ranked Caney.
2. Bixby (22-3, 8-2 6A-4)
Bixby reeled off six straight wins, capped by a 21-4 district win Monday against Enid. But on Tuesday, the Plainsmen turned the tables on the Spartans, winning 3-2 at Bixby. The Spartans now have a pivotal stretch, starting with their annual Spartan-Tiger Turf War Festival, followed by a series Monday and Tuesday with Stillwater with the district lead at stake.
3. Edmond Deer Creek (21-4, 9-1 6A-1)
The Antlers dropped a pair of games within the past week, including a 10-9 extra-inning loss to Noble on Saturday. But on Monday and Tuesday, Deer Creek bounced back with district wins against Putnam City West (13-1 on Monday; 19-0 Tuesday) and now get set for the Spartan/Tiger Turf War this weekend at both Bixby and Broken Arrow.
4. Sand Springs (20-4, 7-3 6A-3)
Sand Springs has now won 10 of its past 11 ballgames, highlighted by a district sweep last week against Jenks (8-2, 2-1). Though the Sandites' run was stopped by Southmoore in a 2-0 loss Monday, Sand Springs won Tuesday's rematch, 1-0.
5. Owasso (20-6, 8-2 6A-3)
Though the Rams dropped a 5-2 decision at Jenks on Tuesday, they remain atop the district following Monday's 4-3 win against Jenks in extra innings. Owasso also had a pair of big wins at its Nike Pro Nine festival over the weekend, beating 4A contenders Tuttle (11-8) and Verdigris (9-5).
6. Tuttle (22-4, 11-1 4A-1)
The Tigers dropped three games at the Nike Pro Nine festival last weekend in Owasso but they continue their surge atop the district. Tuttle swept a series from Newcastle a week ago (8-10, 5-0) and then beat Mount St. Mary both Monday and Tuesday (10-12, 0-2).
7. Heritage Hall (17-1, 8-0 3A-3)
Heritage Hall has reeled off 16 straight wins, capped by a district sweep this week against Lexington. The Chargers prevailed 13-1 on Monday and then posted a 17-5 decision the following day.
8. Bristow (18-1, 11-1 4A-6)
Since a season-opening loss to Lincoln Christian, the Pirates have reeled off 18 straight wins, the latest a district sweep earlier this week against North Rock Creek (12-9, 0-8). Bristow will face Cushing on Monday and Tuesday in a series which will likely determine the regular-season district title.
9. Jenks (21-4, 7-3 6A-3)
The Trojans salvaged what had been a rough stretch of games with a 5-2 win Tuesday against Owasso after dropping three of their previous four games. Jenks is still within striking distance of the 6A-3 lead, and will have another pivotal district series Monday and Tuesday against Broken Arrow.
10. Verdigris (19-4, 10-0 4A-5)
Verdigris dropped a pair of games at last weekend's Nike Pro Nine Festival in Owasso, including a loss to the home team Rams. But the Cardinals bounced back in district play this week by sweeping Skiatook, winning 10-0 on Monday and 14-1 the following day.
11. Piedmont (20-3, 10-0 5A-1)
Piedmont continues its winning ways atop the district, sweeping Del City last week (3-15, 0-4) and then getting two decisive wins earlier this week against Guthrie (17-12, 1-2).
12. Westmoore (19-7, 8-2 6A-1)
Westmoore split a district series earlier in the week with Edmond Memorial, taking Monday's game by a 12-7 count. But the Bulldogs got the better of the Jaguars on Tuesday, 4-3. The Jaguars stand a game back of Deer Creek for the district lead, but those two teams square off starting Monday.