The Owasso Rams and the Broken Arrow Tigers--two of the state's premier high school baseball programs--will face off in the fifth annual St. John Battle of the Bats on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. The game, which switches home field each year, will be held at Tiger Field at Broken Arrow Memorial Stadium, 1901 E. Albany Street.
“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 2-2. Owasso took home the trophy in last year’s contest.
“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 Associates.
“As the provider of sports medicine for both the Broken Arrow Tigers and the Owasso Rams, St. John Health System and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates are fortunate to be a part of such a great rivalry in high school baseball,” said David Phillips, president and chief operating officer of St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Owasso hospitals. “We have many baseball fans from Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso attend this event to see some of the best high school baseball players in the state.”
About St. John Health System
Ascension’s St. John Health System operates seven hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.