State Baseball: Class B
Red Oak repeats despite being held to just one hit
OKLAHOMA CITY - The name synonymous with Oklahoma's small-school baseball past met up with one of beacons of its present.
When all was said and done Saturday afternoon at Palmer Field at Dolese Park, Red Oak made the statement that its not quite ready to let Asher return to the baseball mountain top.
Despite getting just one hit, the Eagles repeated as Class B spring baseball champs with a 3-0 victory over Asher.
It is Red Oak's fifth baseball title overall and third in the spring. All three of those have come since 2008.
However, this year's Eagles are a far different version from the star-studded squads of the past. Fifteen players graduated or moved off from last year's dominant squad. Only two starters were back.
"There are certain small towns in Oklahoma where baseball is a really, really big deal. Red Oak is one of them," said Eagle coach Trey Booth. "These kids grow up dreaming of playing baseball and winning state championships."
However, with such a high turnover, that dream seemed a big far-fetched in 2012.
"It was still our goal," Booth said. "I don't know how realistic it was on our first day back in the summer with all of those players gone from last year.
"But it was still our goal and these kids lift and throw all through basketball. They think baseball 12 months a year and now they're getting rewarded for it."
One of those returning starters was junior Dylan Fazekas, who got the win on the mound and providing the Eagles their lone hit of the game.
That was a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.
Although Asher starter Zac Fowler hadn't surrendered a run to that point, he was still pitching from a 2-0 hole from the first inning on.
In that frame, the Eagles plated two runs despite not having a ball leave the infield. They benefitted from two Indian errors, got a fielder's choice RBI from Tyler Parks and an RBI groundout from Devin Derryberry.
"These guys are unbelievable at manufacturing runs, scoring runs without getting hits," Booth said. "We don't have the power we did last year, so that's what we've had to do and they've been really good at it."
Fowler struck out five and walked just one. The Fazekas homer was the only earned run of the game.
But it was also the only run he'd need.
The right-hander gave up just three hits and two of those came in the seventh inning. He struck out eight batters and gave up just one walk in earning his second win of the tournament.
"We rode him for seven innings on Thursday and we were just going to limit him to 70 pitches today," Booth said. "But he got through five innings so fast that we just stayed with him.
"I don't think I could have taken that ball away from him anyway. He wanted to finish it, no matter what I thought."
Trent Boles got a one-out infield single for Asher in the seventh and Tim Johnson followed with a single to bring the tying run to the plate.
However, Fazekas forced Corey Holman into a 6-4-3 double play to instigate the dogpile.
"If he's not the best player in our class, he's one of the best," Booth said of Fazekas. "I guarantee you there's not a better horse running today in the Kentucky Derby."
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Zac Fowler and Trent Boles. Dylan Fazekas and Garrett Gilley. WP - Fazekas; LP - Fowler. HR: Red Oak - Fazekas.
Red Oak 9, Arnett 8
OKLAHOMA CITY - This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Red Oak.
After losing seven seniors off of last year's state championship team - one that won four titles, had three runner-up finishes and played in 23 state tournament games - Red Oak was understandably going to have a big drop-off.
Or maybe not.
The Eagles erased a six-run deficit, blew a late lead and then scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Arnett 9-8 in the Class B semifinals at Dolese Park's Palmer Field.
Red Oak is now in a spring state championship game for the fifth consecutive year and will attempt to win its second straight spring crown and its fifth title overall.
It was brought about in almost anti-climactic fashion as the lone senior on this team, Devin Derryberry, drew a bases-loaded walk off Arnett reliever Tyler Tune in the final inning.
The walk sent home Bryce Deatherage, who singled with one out and moved to third on a pair of other walks.
Deatherage not only scored the winning run, but goes on record as the winning pitcher. He relieved Derryberry in the second inning after the starter could manage just one-plus inning before giving up three runs.
Deatherage gave up three runs that inning, but settled down for much of the rest of the game.
Still, Red Oak was staring at a 6-0 deficit just 1 1/2 innings into it.
The Eagles got two of those runs back in the bottom of the second and Deatherage helped his own cause with a two-run double in the fourth to bring the Eagles within 7-4.
Deatherage struck again in the fifth with yet another two-run double. Later in the inning, Tyler Parks walked with the bases loaded to give the Eagles an 8-7 lead.
That lead stuck until the top of the seventh. Down to its final three outs, Arnett tied it when Jason Johnson led off the inning with a home run to left-center field.
Johnson had a monster game of his own. He had a three-run double in Arnett's five-run second inning and finished 2-for-3 while driving in five runs.
Garret Collins followed with a single and then Cody Hunter nearly gave the Wildcats the lead back with a deep blast to left-center. However, his shot bounced high off the wall. However, with the bases later loaded, Deatherage struck out the final two batters to get out of the half-inning with the score still tied.
Deatherage pitched six innings and struck out 10. Three of the five runs he gave up were earned (Red Oak committed four errors and Arnett three) and he surrendered just three hits.
Tune came on in relief in the fifth inning. Collins, the starter, gave up eight runs on eight hits.
Derryberry, 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, was the only other Eagle with multiple hits.
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Red Oak 020 240 1 - 9 9 4
Garret Collins, Tyler Tune (5) and Cody Hunter. Devin Derryberry, Bryce Deatherage (2) and Garrett Gilley. HR: Arnett - Johnson. 2B: Arnett -Johnson, Cody Hunter; Red Oak - Deatherage (2).
Asher 5, Tupelo 4
Asher is back.
The tiny school with the tradition that dwarfs all others when it comes to Oklahoma high school baseball has a chance to add to its legacy.
The Indians scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday at Dolese Park's Palmer Field to upset No. 1 Tupelo, 5-4, in a Class B semifinal contest.
The win gives Asher a chance Saturday to win its first title since 1995. That year's crown was the storied program's fifth in a row and 22nd in the spring, which matches the 22 fall titles it also owns.
But it's been a long time since those glory years and it looked as if the young Indians may have to wait a bit longer to get a shot at gold.
Holding a 3-1 lead, Asher starter Caleb Dubler was in control of the Tigers until Trey Roberson belted a two-run double in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game.
Caleb Stallcup then gave Tupelo a 4-3 lead with his RBI single in the sixth.
Dubler held the Tigers to just four hits, but they made them count. Three of them drove in runs as Brandon Maggia also had an RBI single in the third inning.
Still, Dubler gave the Indians a chance as he escaped further damage in the sixth and held Tupelo scoreless in the top of the seventh.
With one out in the seventh, Trent Boles walked and eventually moved to third on a Corey Holman single and Ryan Pybas pinch-hit walk.
With the bases loaded and two out, Tupelo skipper Clay Weller brought in Brandon Maggia to face Sean Fleming.
Fleming drew the walk to tie the game and then Zac Fowler followed with an infield single to score pinch runner George Merchain for the game winner.
All five runs were attributed to Tupelo starter Trey Roberson, who struck out five and surrendered nine hits.
Dubler also struck out five and walked six.
Fowler finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. Dubler and Tim Johnson had two hits and drove in a run apiece. Lamirand also drove in a run and Boles scored two runs.
No Tiger collected more than one hit.
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Trey Roberson, Brandon Maggia (7) and Tanner Davis. Caleb Dubler and Trent Boles. WP - Dubler. LP - Roberson. 2B: Tupelo - Roberson; Asher - Phillip Lamirand, Trent Boles.
Asher 8, Lookeba- Sickles 4 - Looking for its first spring title since 1995, Asher erupted for five first-inning runs en route to doubling up Lookeba-Sickles. The Indians punched five hits in the first off Panther starter Devin Dixon. Matt Palmer, Caleb Dublar, Trent Boles and Hunter Fowler all drove in runs in the inning. Dublar had three hits in the game. Zach Flowerl and Matt Palmer had two apiece. Lookeba-Sickles crawled back into it with two runs in the second and then pulled within a run with two more in the fifth inning. However, Asher got some insurance in the top of the sixth as Zach Fowler drove in a run with his single. Palmer scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Zach Fowler pitched all seven for the Indians, allowing six hits and striking out 11.
Arnett 6, Leedey 2 - In a rematch of last fall's title game, Arnett once again got the better of the Bison, this time scoring four runs in the top of the sixth to break open a tie ballgame. Arnett starter Jason Johnson drove in the eventual winning run with an infield single in the sixth. The Wildcats weren't done as Garret Collins drove in two more with his double and then scored when Cody Hunter followed with an RBI single of his own. Leedey was in it most of the way despite committing nine errors on the day. Bison starter Bryce Clemons went 5 2/3 innings and gave up the six runs, but none of them were earned. Johnson struck out nine Leedey batters and gave up six hits. Collins finished the day with 3 RBIs. Zane Word was the only Wildcat to get multiple hits (2) as Arnett was limited to just six hits in the game.
Red Oak 4, Coleman 3 - Red Oak survived a late charge by Coleman to advance to the semifinals yet again and kept alive its bid to defend last year's crown. Dylan Fazekas pitched a complete-game, three-hitter and didn't surrender a hit until the fifth inning. The right-hander struck out seven nd wasn't touched until Jessie Hicks led off the fifth with a single. He eventually scored on Cannon Sharp's single. That pulled Coleman within 3-1. The Eagles got that run back in the top of the sixth when Blue Crose scored on an error. That put Red Oak up 4-1, but Coleman was able to tack on two more runs in the bottom half of the inning before Fazekas was able to get out of the jam. Crose had two hits for the Eagles and scored twice. Devin Derryberry was 2-for-3, scored a run and also drove in a run.
Tupelo 4, Moss 2 - Brandon Maggia's sacrifice fly to left field proved to be the game winner as Tupelo avoided being upset in the quarterfinals two straight years. Maggia's fly ball was foul, but caught and proved deep enough to push Zac Lewis, who earlier singled, across the plate for the go-ahead run. Trey Roberson added some insurance with a deep double to left-center field, scoring Matt Benedict. The runs were the first scored by top-ranked Tupelo since posting two in the first inning. Moss starter Tanner Andrews was in control in the five innings in between, giving up just two hits during that stretch. He surrendered seven hits overall and struck out eight. Benedict, however, was matching him. He gave up seven hits and struck out 12 and didn't allow a run the final five innings. He retired the final eight batters he faced. Tupelo struck first when Roberson and Davis had RBI singles. Moss got one back in the bottom of the first on Wyatt Jones' runs-scoring double and then tied it up with another run in the second inning.
article updated on 05/14/12 00:52