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June 23, 2014

Reid Wall lands on All-State team

Byng —    Byng High School head baseball coach Shawn Streater calls earning all-state status a great honor and privilege.

   His right-handed ace Reid Wall has achieved those hard-to-obtain and exclusive accolades, the Oklahoma Coaches' Association announced recently. Wall was named to the Large East Team as a replacement for Berryhill High School’s Nick White, who signed to play in the Miami Marlins organization after the recent Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

   As tradition-rich as the Byng program is, it marks just the first time since 2001 in which a Pirate (Tommy Keefer) was named to an all-state team.

  “It’s a special honor. To make Oklahoma All-State is one of the toughest things to do because we are lumped in with (Class) 6A and 5A teams,” Streater said.

   Wall indeed had the toughness to achieve those honors this past season by posting a 9-2 record with a 1.32 earned run average for the Class 4A Pirates. He also registered four saves, allowed only 11 earned runs, walked just 19 and struck out 99 in 58.2 innings while making 15 appearances on the mound.

   His talents are good enough for him to take his game to the next level by signing with Oklahoma State, according to Streater.

   “To pitch at the next level, you just can’t throw a fastball straight down the plate. You have to have some movement,” said Streater. “His ability for his fastball to move should translate to the next level. He has a good changeup and good slider as well.”

   It was a memorable season for Wall, who helped guide Byng into the Class 4A state tournament before the Pirates fell to Checotah in the first round.

   Two superb games pitched by Wall stuck out in Streater’s mind this past season, and one was actually a loss.

   “He took the loss (3-1), but he threw well against a Tuttle team and struck out 12. Tuttle ended up being a state championship team,” Streater said. “He also pitched well when we beat Plainview at Plainview.”

   In the loss to Tuttle, Wall surrendered only three hits and four walks in six innings of work. In the win over Plainview, Wall scattered six hits, walked four and struck out eight in allowing three earned runs over seven complete innings.

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   Tanner Andrews and Trucker Lee of Asher were both named to the Small East All-State baseball squad. Andrews was chosen as a pitcher, while Lee will roam the outfield for the East.

   The Asher standouts helped the Indians to a Class B State championship game appearance. The Indians were defeated by Red Oak 5-1 in the title contest.

   The All-State baseball games are scheduled for Tuesday, July 29, at J.L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. The small-school game will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the large schools battling at 7 p.m.

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