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High school baseball: Edmond Santa Fe's Blake Robertson returns with new outlook after car wash injury

Edmond Santa Fe's Blake Robertson. [Photo by Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Edmond Santa Fe's Blake Robertson. [Photo by Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

EDMOND — Blake Robertson didn’t know what sitting on the bench felt like. Being injured can change everything, though.

Perspective. Love of the game. Desire.

“It helped me,” Robertson said.

A year after fracturing his elbow in a freak accident cost him an entire spring season, Edmond Santa Fe’s star third baseman is back on the hot corner with a fresh new outlook.

Baseball means more. His teammates mean more.

“I learned how to be a better teammate,” Robertson said. “I was more of a coach than a player.”

With baseball season picking up steam across the state, several teams have chances to make waves. Class 6A foes Westmoore and Owasso are ranked nationally by multiple media outlets.

But Edmond Santa Fe has a chance to fly under the radar.

Robertson, who has signed with Oklahoma State, is healthy. Dominic Johnson, an OSU commit as well, is also healthy after an injury-plagued sophomore year. And Phillips likes the new players filling out the roster.

“Our lineup is a lot better,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Ryan Phillips said, “but we haven’t played like it necessarily.”

The Wolves enter spring break with a 3-3 record. They’ve lost to Westmoore twice and Owasso once. They now try to find consistency in the Coach Bob National Invitational in Arizona during the break, where they will face IMG Academy, a program ranked as one of the nation's best.

Having Robertson back is huge.

Last year, he was power washing his baseball pants at a local car wash leading up to scrimmage season. In the cold weather, things got slick. Robertson slipped, but caught himself.

He still fractured his throwing elbow. His season was over before it even started, though he attempted to rehab and return.

But his elbow was like a window struck by a small rock. The cracks kept growing. Robertson shut it down and became an extra coach for his teammates.

He watched how they reacted throughout the season and took note. He grew up.

“He seems more excited to play,” Phillips said. “When you’re on the bench with us the whole time all year, you see how high school kids react when things aren’t going good. I think he responds better to adversity.”

And the Wolves are better off for it.

“I feel like we’re going to be a little low-key this year, but I feel like we’re going to make some noise,” Robertson said.

Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›