Oneonta will get to play at home this week and coming to town is one of the highest-scoring teams in all of Class 4A.
The Deshler Tigers have bashed their way to a 31-7 mark led by an offense that has scored 10 or more runs in a game 24 times this year.
The Tigers have won by scores of 22-9 (Phil Campbell), 19-0 (Ardmore), and 17-1 (Cherokee) but have also lost games by scores of 13-0 (Muscle Shoals), 12- 2 (Russellville), and 21-9 (Ardmore).
The Tiger offense can score in a variety of ways but it’s the home run that has caused the most problems for opposing pitching staffs.
Senior catcher Evan Fergerson (6’0 240) and junior second baseman Dylan Boston (6’2 215) have pounded out home run after home run this year and the Redskin pitchers will need to be careful with those two at the plate.
The Tigers have had trouble at times against better pitching. Deshler was forced to go to a third game last week against rival and Area 16 runner-up Central-Florence because Central’s Joe Creasy almost totally shut down the Tiger offense in game one.
Relying on his curveball, Creasy walked four and gave up just three hits with eight strikeouts as Central won 11-1 in six innings.
The Tigers like high-scoring games. In the first round, Deshler lost to Ardmore 21-9 before winning 19-0 and 17-7. Last week, the Tigers lost 11-1 to Central before rallying to win 6-5 and 11-7 to take the series.
The Redskins and Tigers will play a doubleheader this Friday beginning at 5 p.m. with a single game (if necessary) scheduled for Saturday at 12 noon.