LARRY LARKIN

Progress Correspondent



Wet grounds have forced postponement of Friday night’s diamond anniversary baseball season-opener for the newly formed Rogers County Rangers.

The American Legion senior team will certainly make it up this weekend with four outings at Legion Field.

"Saturday is going to be a great day at the ballpark," Ranger coach Todd Bingham said. "We will face a real good Fayetteville (Ark.) team at 1 p.m. and then come back to play Spivey (Oklahoma City) at 7 p.m."

On and off rain showers that fell Thursday prompted the schedule realignment.

The contest will be made up as part of a Sunday doubleheader. The Rangers and Spivey will meet at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Saturday fans will also be treated to a bonus baseball game as Fayetteville and Spivey will meet in a 3 p.m. pairing.

"Both of these teams coming in will be very good," Bingham said. "This being our first game, we will be tested early and we will see what we can do."

The Rangers have held several practice sessions this week and are ready to get the season started.

Asked about his starting lineup, Bingham said he was still undecided.

"I have come up with about 50 different ones," he said with a laugh. "I'll settle on one before we start. The thing about this club is the fact we will have people on the bench ready to play when they are called on."

Bingham has an 18-player roster. Most of the Rangers can fill two or more positions. "We will be able to move players around as we need to do so," he said.

The schedule has 30 regular season games, and Bingham said a couple more could be added. There will be 21 games played at Legion Field. Teams from Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, as well as Oklahoma teams from far away as Enid, will be coming into Claremore.

The Rangers will also host the Independence Day weekend tournament, June 30 through July 2.

This will be the Legion's first summer to use 19-year-old players.

A special 60th season program designed by Wayne McCombs will be available Saturday, and throughout the summer. The 16-page program-scorecard features rosters of the Rangers and the two Claremore Diamond League teams, plus pictures and information about the Legion baseball program.

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