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Baseball through the years

Shidler made no drastic moves toward any championships in the first two or three years baseball was played here. The team steadily improved until they were recognized as a threat to the District title.

In 1963 and 1964 there is no photo or record in the yearbook. Coach was Rex Rowe.   

1965 was a year of an ace pitcher and fielder and a winning team, as the club racked up a record of 13 winds and 7 losses.

 Don Walker, a sophomore pitcher, had a 6 win and 3 loss season with a batting average of .310. Included in his victories are the three games which the Tigers took to win Shidler's first invitational Tournament, in which Walker pitched a 4-0 no-hitter shut-out over Ponca Military Academy.


Harvey Payne, Shidler's 2nd basemen for four years and the team's captain his senior year, was selected as All-State Alternate infielder, Harvey's batting average in 1965 was .297 and his fielding average was .957.


The Tigers ended the 1966 season with a 16-7 record, the district championship, and placed in two tournaments.

    In tournament play Shidler placed second and third in the Garber and Shidler Invitation Tournaments, respectively. The squad won over Pawhuska and Barnsdall and upset Perry to receive the district title.

    Richard Robinson, senior fielder and pitcher, was named All-State alternate at shortstop. Richard's batting average was .482, and his pitching record was 2-2.


In 1967 the baseball team compiled a 12-10 record, and their biggest defeat was losing to Perry 8-7 in the championship game of the Shidler Invitation Tournament the Tigers captured 6th place in the Garber Tournament and 2nd place in the District Tourney.

  Shidler, after defeating Pawnee, Barnsdall and Chilocco in the Shidler Invitation, was defeated by Perry in the tournament finals 4-2.

    In district play, Shidler bested Fairfax 6-1 and Pawhuska 17-2.

    Shidler lost 7-0 to Alva in the first round of the regional's, but they had gone farther in the playoffs than other Shidler teams had gone in a number of years.

    Steve Blake lead the Tigers at the plate and the mound in 1968. His average was .377, and his pitching record was 6-1.

    1969's Tigers ended their season with an 8-4 record. Their biggest defeat was losing to Pawhuska in the finals of the district. The Tigers started the season with a 10-8 win over Hominy, and picked up other victories over Fairfax, Olive, and Chilocco.

    All in all, over the past five years, Shidler High's baseball team has won 62 games and lost 35. They had two All-State alternates and several outstanding players.

    1970 - Shidler High School’s diamond men wound up the season 4-5 won-lost record, losing in the finals of district to Tonkawa. They started the season with a 3-1 loss to Hominy. In the second game the tigers got revenge on the Bucks 4-3. The only team the t-Tigers were unable to defeat was the Bengals from Cleveland, The highlight of the season was the defeat of Pawhuska, 13-2 in the first round of districts. The annual Shidler Invitational Tournament was cancelled due to wet weather. Leading hitters were, Joe Center, Rick Hill, A.J. Jacques, Steve Chrisco, and Jim Heath.

1971 through 1975 there were no photos or records in the yearbooks.


1976 - Season Record: 4 wins 7 losses. Coach Ted Bentz


1977 through1991 there were no photos or records in the yearbooks.


1992-1993 no records listed in the yearbooks. Coach Matt Holland.


1994 was a rewarding year for baseball!  The Tigers were District and Conference Champs and had many individuals awarded as well. Coach Matt Holland.


1995 the Shidler Tigers really showed their expertise when they won districts and made it to regionals. Coach Matt Holland.


1996 through 1999 no records listed in the yearbooks. Coach Matt Holland.


The 2000 Tiger baseball team was laced with talent with three all conference upper classmen, Saleh Clark, Courtney Jenkins, and Jesse Long. The Tigers brought home this year’s conference title with a conference record of 5-1. The team also had a very strong, and ever maturing core of sophomores and freshmen. The Tigers finished with a healthy record of 17-13, however, they ended their season early at districts losing to Prue. The future for the Tiger baseball team looks bright with sophomores becoming juniors, and freshmen maturing into sophomores. The future seasons for the Tigers looks promising. Coach Matt Holland.


2001-2002 no records listed in the yearbooks. Coach Matt Holland

2003 and 2004 District Champions. Coach Matt Holland


2005 District Champions. Coach Matt Holland


2006 through 2009 no records listed in the yearbooks. Coach Matt Holland


In 2010 fall baseball found it’s way to Shidler for the first time in school history. The boys hope to gain more experience playing the game and improve their baseball skills. Baseball being “the sport” it is no secret that team unity is needed. From the pitcher to the right fieldsman, everyone must do their part to become one, a team. Joining hands before each game, the Shidler Tigers recite the Lord’s prayer as a whole. Coach Matt Holland.

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