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Wright City's big fifth inning lifts Lumberjax over Southwest Covenant

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Wright City's Justin Lecrone, right, celebrates with Conner Bastarache after Lecrone scored in the fifth inning of a Class A state tournament baseball game Thursday against Southwest Covenant at Palmer Field. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Wright City's Justin Lecrone, right, celebrates with Conner Bastarache after Lecrone scored in the fifth inning of a Class A state tournament baseball game Thursday against Southwest Covenant at Palmer Field. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

With two quick outs in the top of the fifth inning, Southwest Covenant baseball coach Jeff Deckard’s thoughts started to turn toward the bottom half in what was a tie game.

“How we were going to get them on, squeeze him in,” Deckard said.

That didn’t happen.

Things cratered quickly on the Patriots as No. 1-ranked Wright City scored five in the inning en route to an 11-4 win in the first round of the Class A state tournament Thursday at Palmer Field.

The Lumberjax scored two runs in the first thanks to four Southwest Covenant errors, before the Patriots came back with four in the second — with the help of three errors — to take the lead.

But Wright City scored two in the third to tie it, took the lead in the fourth with a run and then opened the floodgates.

Brady Evans finished 3 for 4 with four RBI for the Lumberjax, including a two-run double in that fifth inning.

The loss wrapped up the career of Patriots pitcher Christian Brown, who made it into the fourth inning.

Brown was born with a heart defect that required three surgeries as an infant. Another heart issue in middle school ended his basketball career. A car accident as a sophomore revealed scoliosis that required more surgery.

Brown plays with a plate over his heart to protect him.

“I’m probably the happiest for him on an individual level because it’s the first time he’s been healthy,” Deckard said. “I’m just thrilled for him.”

RATTAN 6, TUSHKA 5

With two runs already across and the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, Rattan reliever Blane Hall worked out of the jam with no further damage to send the No. 3 Rams through to the semifinals.

They’ll play Stonewall at 11 a.m. Friday.

Rattan took the lead in the sixth with four runs , with Easton Burchfield delivering a two-run single after Cal Birchfield’s RBI single.

STONEWALL 6, FLETCHER 1

The No. 12 Longhorns used strong pitching performance by Bryce Holland and a pair of home runs to upset No. 2 Fletcher in the first game of the day.

Kason Barnett, Stonewall’s No. 9 hitter, ripped a two-run homer — his first of the season — in the second to put the Longhorns up 3-0. An inning later, Jarrett Ellis led off with a solo shot and that was all the support Holland needed.

Holland struck out 10, allowing just four singles with the only run coming across in the seventh with the game nearly in hand.

SHATTUCK 12, CANUTE 1, 6 inningsA huge sixth inning has Shattuck one win from the state championship game.Shattuck scored seven runs in the sixth, propelling it to a run-rule victory that sets up a matchup with top-ranked Wright City at 1:30 p.m. Friday.Shattuck has never won a baseball championship.John Bay struck out 13 in six innings of work, allowing just one run on seven hits and a walk.Shattuck’s Lane Beeson drove in four runs, while Gatlin Goodson went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, two runs and walk atop the order.

Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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