Tulsa to host AAA double header

Monday, January 31st 2005, 12:26 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ AAA Oklahoma will play two games in Tulsa due to a scheduling conflict with their home ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The RedHawks, the AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, will play a doubleheader against Colorado Springs at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa on May 25.

Oklahoma had asked the Pacific Coast League not to schedule any RedHawks home games from May 25-29 because the Big 12 Conference baseball tournament will be played then. But Oklahoma was scheduled to face Colorado Springs on May 25-26 at SBC Bricktown Ballpark.

``The PCL ignored our request to block out those dates,'' RedHawks executive director John Allgood said. ``The Big 12 was scheduled before the PCL schedule came out.''

The RedHawks considered playing the games at the University of Oklahoma or at Ameriquest Field in Arlington, Texas _ the Rangers' ballpark _ but instead chose Drillers Stadium, home of the Colorado Rockies' AA affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers.

Colorado Springs is the Rockies' AAA affiliate.

Tulsa has not hosted a AAA game since 1976, when the Tulsa Oilers played their final American Association season.

``I think going down the road to Tulsa is a very good solution to some scheduling conflicts that we had,'' said Scott Pruitt, the RedHawks' managing general partner.