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BA hosts 7th Annual St. John Battle of the Bats on Friday, April 19

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Two of the state’s premier high school baseball programs will face off in the seventh annual St. John Health Center Battle of the Bats on Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m., at Broken Arrow High School’s Tiger Baseball Field.

“This rivalry has always produced a great high school baseball game with players from both sides continuing their playing careers at the highest levels,” said Steve Dunn, Broken Arrow executive director of athletics. “We are looking forward to hosting Owasso in this year’s series. We appreciate all that St. John Ascension does for both Owasso and Broken Arrow Public Schools.”

The series is tied at three games apiece. The Tigers won, 6-2, at Owasso, last year.

“Year in, year out this is one of the finest baseball games that takes place in Oklahoma: two storied programs led by hall of fame coaches,” said Zach Duffield, Owasso Public Schools executive director of athletics. “It is a great opportunity to see these student athletes compete at the highest level of Oklahoma high school baseball.”

As of April 6, Broken Arrow was 11-7 overall and 6-2 in District 6A-3. Owasso is 18-4 and 6-0 in District 6A-4.

“As the provider of sports medicine for both the Broken Arrow Tigers and the Owasso Rams, St. John Health System and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates are honored to be a part of such a great rivalry in high school baseball,” said David Phillips, president and chief operating officer of St. John Broken Arrow and St. John Owasso hospitals. “We have many baseball fans from Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Owasso attend this game each year to see some of the best high school baseball players in the state. It is truly a fun event for anyone who is a baseball fan.”

Ascension’s St. John Health System operates seven hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 22 states and the District of Columbia.