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Owasso, Broken Arrow to meet in St. John Battle of the Bats

Broken Arrow, Okla. (April 16, 2015) - Two of the state’s premier high school baseball programs will face off in the third annual St. John Battle of the Bats on Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. The teams switch off home field advantage each year, and this year’s event will be held at Tiger Field at Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium, 1901 E. Albany Street.

A press conference featuring players and coaches is scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Broken Arrow High School Varsity Club, located at 2200 N. 23rd.

“Broken Arrow and Owasso have had a tremendous rivalry over the years, and both programs have a great deal of respect for each other,” said Ken Ellett, Broken Arrow athletic director. “Both programs will have some new faces in the lineup this year, but the competitive fire will always be there to win this game.”

The Battle of the Bats series is tied 1-1, with the visiting team winning each year.

“This is always a well-played and well-coached series,” said Zach Duffield, Owasso athletic director.  “Folks that come out to see this game will not be disappointed with the level of baseball they get to watch.”

The first 300 fans to attend the Battle of the Bats will receive a sport bottle with their team’s logo, courtesy of St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Owasso. Other event extras include St. John Kids Club giveaways and health information provided by Tulsa Bone & Joint.

“As the provider of sports medicine for both the Broken Arrow Tigers and Owasso Rams, St. John Health System is fortunate to be a part of such a great rivalry in high school baseball,” said David Phillips, chief operating officer of St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Owasso hospitals. “Although the advantage this year seems to be in Owasso’s favor, given the history of the series, we could not be more excited to see how it all plays out on the field. I hope many Broken Arrow and Owasso citizens will attend to cheer on their team.”

For more information about Battle of the Bats, contact Kelly Green, St. John Health System marketing specialist, 918-744-2820.

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