Class 3A baseball roundup: Washington rallies to topple Chandler
EDMOND – Washington was in a hole before it even sniffed the batter’s box.
The first five Chandler batters reached base. Washington pitcher Nick Andrews seemed shaky. In the Warriors' first trip to the state tournament in 12 seasons, it looked as if they would be heading home.
Then coach Jeff Kulbeth got his team to settle down.
Washington didn’t allow a hit the rest of the game in its 6-3 victory against Chandler on Thursday in the opening round of the Class 3A state baseball tournament at Edmond Memorial High School. Andrews faced the minimum batters he could from the second inning on. Kulbeth said his early mound visit with the junior pitcher paid off.
“He is so hard on himself,” Kulbeth said. “He just settled in and told me, ‘I just gotta trust the old, grumpy guy.’”
Andrews threw a complete game and finished with three strikeouts. He retired the next three batters in the first inning after the mound visit.
At the plate, Washington wasn’t the strongest but capitalized on opportunities when it had them. In the third inning with the bases loaded, junior Devin Orr hit a pop fly to left field, but the ball was dropped and allowed two runs to score and let Washington take a 4-3 lead. The next batter, Oliver Wilson drove in another run.
“When we get guys on, we like to put pressure on the opponent,” Kulbeth said. “We got two bunts down, a base hit here and it opened up.”
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Washington (22-4 overall) will face Marlow at 11 a.m. Friday at Edmond Memorial.
Kingston 5, Jones 3
There will be a new state champion in Class 3A.
Kingston knocked off defending champ Jones, 5-3. Kingston (28-8) tallied 10 hits and took control in the third inning with a couple RBI singles.
Pitcher Rylee Holmes got stronger as the game progressed. He finished with three strikeouts but was effective at the plate, too, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Jones tried to rally in the seventh, scoring a run to decrease the gap to two runs but couldn’t muster more offense.
Marlow 12, Lincoln Christian 5
Tag Allen said knew what was at stake when he stepped to the plate.
The junior for Marlow smashed a single up the middle in the seventh inning, which helped him hit for the cycle in the Outlaws' 12-5 win against Lincoln Christian. He hit a three-run homer in the second, a two-run double in the third and a triple in the fifth.
Kale Hunt pitched a complete game for Marlow (27-7), giving up nine hits.
Atoka 6, Holland Hall 4
Holland Hall was cruising until the bottom of the fifth.
That’s when Atoka got its first hit of the game. At the end of the frame, it added five more and six runs to take its first lead of the game, one it wouldn’t give up in a 6-4 win. Holland Hall pitcher Sam Dougall pitched flawlessly through the first four innings, but then Atoka couldn’t miss hitting the ball into the outfield.
Atoka’s Brenton Beck recorded six strikeouts while throwing a complete game.
Top-ranked Atoka (28-5) will face Kingston at 1:30 p.m. Friday.