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.

    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 '65 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.

    Other tournaments 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 '68. 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.

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