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Class B baseball: No. 2 Drummon rallies past No. 7 Whitesboro

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SHAWNEE — No. 2-ranked Drummond needed a spark. Seth Gray provided it.

Gray doubled and scored in the fifth inning to tie the game, setting up a dramatic finish for Drummond as it rallied Thursday to advance to the Class B baseball state semifinals with a 4-3 win over No. 7 Whitesboro at Shawnee High School.

Drummond took the lead for good the inning after Gray’s double when Braden Longpine beat a throw to first to avoid an inning-ending double play and allow Garrett Pool to score.

Drummond faces No. 3 Red Oak at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association moved both Class B games to an earlier first pitch in anticipation of poor weather.

The other semifinal between No. 4 Asher and No. 1 Roff begins at 11 a.m.

Drummond fell behind 2-1 after one inning and tied the game in the second. But Whitesboro took the lead in the fourth on a run-scoring triple by Rhett Hunter.

Seth Gray earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out four and allowed one hit. Wyatt Gray picked up the save, recording the final two outs.

Asher 8, Fort Cobb-Broxton 0

Oklahoma State commitment Trevor Martin looked every bit like an ace pitcher as Asher rolled to the win.

The big right-hander struck out 11 and held Fort Cobb-Broxton to just three hits and three walks in seven dominant innings. He threw 109 pitches, 74 of which were strikes.

Austin Custar and Bryson Martin each drove in two runs, while Tahlan Hamilton went 3 for 3 with two runs scored and a walk.

Red Oak 4, Leedey 2

Red Oak’s Hagen Earls doubled twice and drove in two runs as the Eagles held off a late charge from Leedey.

Red Oak led 3-0 entering the bottom of the fifth, when Leedey pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the inning.

But coach Trey Booth went to his bullpen as Dayson Fazekas and Chance Noah pitched nearly three shutdown innings. Fazekas also drove in an insurance run in the sixth.

Roff 4, Lookeba-Sickles 0

No. 1 Roff rolled behind pitcher Brady Benedict and moved one step closer to a second straight spring title.

Benedict allowed just two hits and struck out six in a complete-game shutout of No. 8 Lookeba-Sickles in the final game of the day.

And the beauty of Benedict’s performance was his efficiency. He completed all seven innings in just 82 pitches, throwing 55 strikes.

Will Joplin doubled and drove in two runs.

Staff reports

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 ›

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