Southwest shine: State berths and titles abound
Eddie McDonald stood on Sonny Vermillion Field in Blanchard on Sunday, getting plunked by the soft and fluffy bubbles of white fiber blowing from the cottonwood trees that tower over the outfield.
McDonald stood in the breeze, watching the mass of Elgin players celebrating their 4-1 win over rival Cache in the regional final Sunday, which earned the school's first baseball state tournament berth in more than 40 years.
McDonald had been there once, but it'd been a long time. The Elgin history teacher played second base for the Owls' 1969 Class B championship team.
"It's hard to remember when it's been this long," McDonald joked. "But it's one of the best feelings you can have. It certainly doesn't happen every year."
No it doesn't. McDonald now has two grandsons third baseman Jordan Rodgers, and Dillon McDonald in the program. With his long, white beard Eddie McDonald watched Elgin baseball celebrate something that hasn't happened in almost half a century.
Back in the '60s, Elgin played a regional at Kellyville way over near Tulsa then clinched the state title at ABC Park in nearby Lawton.