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Bo Bowman tournament gets underway today

The 44th Bo Bowman Invitational Tournament starts today, kicking off a three-day stretch featuring 10 baseball teams and 25 games.

The tournament, named after the former Lawton High baseball coach who led the Wolverines to five state championship game appearances and three titles in four years in the 1960s, shifted to a 10-team, pool-play format last year, rather than the double-elimination style it had previously implemented.

That same style will be used in this year’s tournament, with the 10 teams split into two pools. Pool A will be played at Lawton High while Pool B games will be played at Eisenhower. After playing all the teams in their pool, each team will play their corresponding counterpart from the other pool (5th place from Pool A will play 5th place from Pool B, 4th from A will face 4th from B, etc.). The first-place teams from each pool will advance to Saturday night’s championship game, to be held at Lawton High School at 6 p.m.

Pool A will include hometown teams MacArthur and Lawton High, as well as Midwest City, Cache and Anadarko. Pool B will feature Eisenhower, Elgin, Asher, Comanche and Altus. Asher returns after not playing in last year’s tournament, while Comanche and ‘Darko are relative greenhorns to the event.

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