Ada-area stars played a key role as the East swept Monday’s All-State baseball games at Oral Roberts University.
Latta’s Wacey Henderson was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Roff’s Brendan McCurry had two hits and also drove in a run to help the Small East to its fifth straight victory over the Small West, 19-4. The margin of victory was the largest in the history of the small-school All-State game.
In the second game, the Large East built a 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 victory. No area high school players were on the Large East roster, but Shawnee’s Saulyer Saxon and Chandler’s Jon Gray — both members of the Ada Legion Post 72 Braves this summer — were major players in the narrow win.
Small East 19,
Small West 4
The East took control early, sending 14 hitters to the plate and scoring seven times in the first inning. Caney’s Aaron Chalk had two RBI singles and McCurry, Red Oak’s Dakota Knight and Oktaha’s Shane Leach added RBI hits in the inning.
Henderson’s two-out single plated the first run in the East’s three-run second and an RBI double by Dalton Streber and a run-scoring single by his former Dale teammate, Turner Coon, accounted for the final two runs in the inning.
The East added a run in the fifth to move ahead 11-4 and blew the game open with an eight-run sixth capped by Knight’s grand slam to center. Henderson, Streber and Ripley’s Kaleb Hoffman each had two hits in the sixth.
Streber finished with four hits — two doubles and two singles — and drove in three runs, and Knight and Henderson (who scored four times) added three hits apiece to pace the East’s 21-hit attack.
Latta’s Tyler Reeves pitched the third and fourth innings and only gave up one run.
Dayne Parker from Roff had one hit and scored twice contributing to the win.
Large East 5,
Large West 3
The East raced to a 5-0 lead, scoring twice in the first inning and three times in the second against Deer Creek’s Cale Coshow (a University of Oklahoma signee), but didn’t score the rest of the way.
Saxon’s RBI single was one of the highlights of the East’s first-inning rally, and a two-run single by Tulsa Washington’s Joe McGee was the big blow in the second.
Carl Albert’s J. T. Realmuto, who this week was named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as the state’s top baseball player after hitting 28 home runs and driving a national-record 119 runs this spring, doubled home one of two West runs in the third and scored his team’s third run on a sacrifice fly after reaching on an error in the fifth.
Gray, another OU signee who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 13th round of this spring’s amateur draft, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, striking out the side after walking two batters and hitting another, to save the victory for El Reno’s Tyler Palmer.
Lefty Dillon Overton of Class 4A champion Weatherford — who, like Gray, has signed with OU — kept things close for the West, striking out six of the 10 batters he faced and allowing just one hit over three innings.