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Prep parade: Norman Cade Horton a star in baseball with bright football future

Norman's Cade Horton pitches against Choctaw last week. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Norman's Cade Horton pitches against Choctaw last week. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

NORMAN — Two nights ago, Cade Horton stood atop the pitcher’s mound at Norman High School and stared down a possible future Bedlam matchup.

On a baseball field and on a football field.

Edmond Santa Fe’s Blake Robertson, a third base signee for Oklahoma State, got his chance. Trace Ford, an OSU signee to play defensive end, got his chance as well.

Horton could see both in his future.

He’s the latest two-sport commitment for Oklahoma. Horton, a junior, will play both baseball and football for the Sooners.

Like Kyler Murray and Cody Thomas before him, Horton likely enters as a bigger baseball product. But he could leave like Murray with a better football future.

“I’ve seen the previous people to do it have large success,” Horton said. “The coaches handle it as best as anybody could. That’s really what makes me believe that I can do it too.”

Horton is a dynamic shortstop and pitcher who can touch 93 mph with his fastball. He’s 2-2 with a 1.60 ERA on the mound this spring. He’s batting .370 and is 13 for 13 stealing bases atop the Tigers’ order.

And Norman is off to a 12-6 start. Last season, it took the Tigers until mid-April to reach 12 wins. Much like football, where Horton led a big turnaround at quarterback, things are improving with his leadership.

“We’re ahead of the curve,” Norman coach Jeff Brewer said.

But the biggest question has yet to be answered. What sport is in Horton’s future?

“I want to go to college,” Horton said. “I’ll have to make that decision when time comes.”

Added Brewer: “With the type of determination this kid has, I wouldn’t want to pigeonhole him into any sport. I think originally baseball’s where his heart was at, but I think he does have an aggressive-type nature for football. He enjoys that side of it.”

Washington aiming for long-awaited state return

With just three weeks of the regular season remaining, Washington has played just 10 games.

Weather and basketball state tournaments have wrecked the schedule. But the Warriors have still found confidence while going 9-1 and moving to No. 2 in Class 3A.

Nick Andrews has been huge on the mound and at the plate. Brandon Reese’s rise from No. 9 to No. 1 in the lineup has been a boost as well.

And that’s why the team feels good about making state for the first time since 2007.

“I don’t think we believed last year as a team,” coach Jeff Kulbeth said. “We came in this year with high expectations. I think our guys truly believe we have the opportunity to get there.”

Blanchard fighting complacency with dominant start

Blanchard baseball coach Josh Raney’s expectations are high. That’s why he’s still not satisfied with the Lions’ dominant 20-0 start to the season.

Since winning the Salpointe Lancer Classic in Arizona over spring break, the Lions have allowed just eight runs since returning. Tuesday night, they beat Plainview 3-2.

Blanchard has a ridiculous .430 team batting average, too. Raney said he’s still pushing his team to not get complacent.

“I told them there are two things that will keep us from winning a state title and that’s selfishness and complacency,” Raney 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 ›