Latta’s Jake Collins went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Small East, contributing to its 9-5 victory against the Small West at the 2013 All-State baseball games Tuesday at Johnson Stadium at Oral Roberts University.
Collins, whose dad, Eddie Collins, is the coach at Latta, hit a two-out double in the second inning. But he ended up as a stranded base-runner.
In the fifth, Collins got to score the first run of a three-run double by Wyatt Dodd of Central Sallisaw. He set up his run with a single. The play stretched the Small East’s lead to 8-4 at that point.
“I just tried to play my game, even though it was a special event,” Collins said. “I just tried to do what I can.”
Jake's performance would make his dad proud.
“It was awesome (playing for his father),” Collins said. “There were times when it was a struggle. But in the end, it was all fun. Getting to be up on the baseball field with your dad every day is a dream cone true.”
Playing at All-State was a blessing for Collins, who plans on attending Eastern Junior College in Wilburton.
“I couldn’t have done it without the man upstairs (God),” he said. “It’s truly been a blessing. My brother was an All-Stater, so it’s fun to get to follow up in what he did in high school too.”
A bigger factor was that Collins is a Christian and pointed to his faith for his success.
“Baseball is a game of failure,” he said. “(Walking with Christ) keeps you level-headed and focused on the right things. You’re playing for (Him) instead of yourself and showing your ability through baseball to other people."
Collins was also one of five finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award for baseball. This year’s recipient was Austin O’Brien of Owasso.
Zach Fowler of Asher blasted a three-run homer and hit leadoff for the victorious Small East baseball team. His round-tripper was part of a five-run East second inning explosion. It was Fowler’s only hit of the game.
The Ada High trio of Josh Ellis, John Stout and Margo Martin were a part of the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State tennis tournament history on Tuesday. The event was the first tournament held at the new Union Tennis Center at Tulsa Union High School.
The center was part of a 2012 bond issue, which gave $2.8 million to tennis. Union broke ground on the site located just south of the school last November. The facility includes eight courts and an indoor viewing area that holds locker rooms, restrooms, concession stands and partially covered seating below.
Union also resurfaced six existing courts that lie to the west of the school as part of the project.
Josh Ellis of Ada was the recipient of the Jack Kisner Scholarship awarded by the Oklahoma Tennis Association. ... Ada’s John Stout was one of only three East players to earn a singles victory.
All-State Tennis Results
East 8, West 4
Ann Pepper, Edmond North (W) def. Mariah Burke, Jenks 8-3; Courtney Coon, Broken Arrow (E) def. Alexandra Dick, Enid 8-3; Piper Huey, Jenks (E) def. Kathryn Dillingham, Enid 8-4; Olivia Charvat , Metro Christian (E) def. Shali Schoepflin, Edmond Memorial 8-3; Brittany Toone, Duncan (W) def. Margo Martin, Ada 8-2; Reynolds Chew, Metro Christian (E) def. Samantha Cassidy, Duncan 8-2; Abby Jordan, Cascia Hall (E) def. Alexandra Morales, Ardmore 8-5; Lauryn Sullins, Perry (E) def. Lacie Unah, Anadarko 8-0.
Burke-Huey (E) def. Dick-Dillingham 8-6; Pepper-Schoepflin (W) def. Coon-Martin 8-2; Cassidy-Toone (W) def. Charvat-Chew 9-8 (6); Jordan-Sullins (E) def. Morales-Unah 8-2.
West 8, East 4
Nathan Roper, Edmond North (W) def. Chase Gordon, Jenks 8-2; Seth Moore, Yukon (W) def. Andreas Kutt, Union 8-6; Riley Hale, McGuinness (W) def. Levi Kerr, Grove 8-3; John Stout, Ada (E) def. Tanner Chambers, Edmond North 8-2; Sylvester Vo, Westmoore (W) def. Josh Ellis, Ada 8-2; Cameron Schuessler, Durant (E) def. Oakes Arceneaux, Heritage Hall 8-4; Matt Taber, Carl Albert (W) def. Hayden Black, Henryetta 8-1; Patrick Sims, Broken Arrow (E) def. Andrew Ahshapanek, Anadarko 8-6.
Moore-Roper (W) def. Gordon-Kutt 8-3; Arceneaux-Hale (W) def. Ellis-Stout 8-4; Chambers-Vo (W) def. Kerr-Schuessler 8-4; Black-Sims (E) def. Ahshapanek-Tabor 8-6.
The Elk City combination of Jobi Gray and Berek Dyson of the West team knocked off the Ada duo of Wyatt Robson and Justin Powell, who were playing for the East during Monday’s All-State Golf match at the Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Catoosa.
However, the East won the overall match by a count of 17.5 to 6.5. The East also won the girls match, 14-10.
Note: Ada News sports editor Jeff Cali contributed to this report.