Honors keep pouring in for local high school baseball players.

Why not?

The Ada area continues to be a hotbed for prep diamond squads.

Roff’s Atlee Kile and Caleb Bass joined Tupelo’s Randy McCurry on the Oklahoman’s 2007 All-State team that was announced Sunday.

Also, Allen’s Chad Colbert, Stratford’s Garan Qualls and Tupelo’s Casey McCollum earned Honorable Mention honors.

McCurry will return for his senior season for Tupelo head coach Clay Weller. Kile, Bass, Colbert, Qualls and McCollum graduated in May.

Kile was selected for the All-State squad as a catcher. Somewhat overlooked in an area of outstanding talent, he gave Roff head coach Ead Simon everything he asked for — and more.

Kile ended the season with a sizzling .466 batting average to go along with 56 runs scored, 10 home runs and 37 RBIs. The versatile Tiger also was a valuable piece of Roff’s dynamic pitching rotation (his dad Steve was a dandy infielder for the Allen Mustangs back in the day).

Bass was nothing but “class” in the high-octane Roff offense. Selected as an outfielder on the All-State squad, he ended the 2007 spring season with a gaudy .458 batting average, 51 runs scored, 15 homers and 46 RBIs. On the hill, Bass finished among the state’s leaders with a sparkling 1.48 earned run average in 56 innings of work.

McCurry was absolutely a man among boys, leading Tupelo to a surprisingly easy Class B State title. The junior hit a mind-boggling .647 with 18 doubles and led the state in home runs (19) and RBIs (68).

McCurry was at his best as the Tigers steamrolled through the Class B State field, slamming three-run homers in Tupelo’s 16-4 semifinal thrashing of Leedey and 9-0 shutout over Lookeba-Sickles in the title game (proving once again that rankings aren’t worth the newspapers they’re printed on). Oh yeah, he also tossed a no-hitter and one-hitter.

According to the Oklahoman’s final state high school baseball statistics (I’m sure some schools didn’t provide them stats), area players made their presence felt this spring.

Stratford’s Garan Qualls scored 53 runs, drilled 10 round-trippers and drove in 52. The dynamic Bulldog was also 11-1 on the mound for his dad — head coach Mark Qualls — striking out 94.

And Qualls’ teammate Spencer Wootten probably deserved more attention for his big season. He had 10 home runs and drove home 45, while going 7-1 as a pitcher. Stratford’s Chase Devereaux used his speed to swipe 25 bases for the Bulldogs and also smacked 8 homers.

Others listed who compiled big numbers on the diamond in the spring are Tupelo’s McCollum, who hit .467, going 42-for-90 at the plate; Blake Logan with 9 homers; Cameron Mann who drilled 9 home runs, 17 doubles, 49 RBIs and was 8-1 on the hill; Chad Woods (8-0) and Brandon McCurry (7-1) were part of one of the best pitching staffs in Oklahoma.

Roff’s Colton Lancaster also had a big stick, going deep eight times for the Tigers.

Certainly, there were several other area players who had big years but I didn’t have their stats available.


Chuckie Caufield sighting

It shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed Chuckie Caufield during his remarkable career at Ada High and the University of Oklahoma that he’s having an impact in professional baseball.

In fact, Chuckie is batting .320 with two home runs, 38 runs scored and 37 RBIs for West Virginia in the Class A Minor League. That’s the highest average among Oklahomans in Class A — at least that I’m aware of.

Incredibly, Caufield was not among the 700 or so drafted a couple of years ago. You gotta be kidding me?

Note: One of the top picks in the nation that year was Putnam City’s C.J. Henry, taken first by the New York Yankees. Henry, who plays for Lakewood in Class A, is hitting a paltry .192, but he does have 7 homers and 28 RBIs.

Some others with local ties in the Minor Leagues include Drew Miller (.204 average in only 49 at bats with Calgary in the Independent Leagues); Colby Miller (1-2 record and a 3.09 with Shreveport in the Independent Leagues); Eric Cry (5-1, 2.58 ERA with Jacksonville in Double A); Nick Blackburn (0-1, 6.43 ERA for Rochester in Triple A).

If you know any others in professional baseball with Ada-area ties, let me know.

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