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Carl Albert blasts Claremore to move into semis

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Carter LaValley hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season as Carl Albert defeated Claremore 14-0 in the Class 5A state baseball tournament on Thursday in Broken Arrow.

LaValley also had a three-run double and knocked in seven runs as the Titans (32-7) won their 19th straight game.

Houston Russell and Ben Harris also hit home runs while junior left-hander Carson Thomas (9-1) struck out 10 and allowed only one hit over six innings.

Dylan Gettinger had the only hit for the Zebras (22-12), a single past first base in the second inning.

Carl Albert will meet Collinsville (29-10) at 11 a.m. Friday in the semifinals.

Pryor 4, Piedmont 2

Brooks Miller had the hit that shouldn’t have been a hit and Dax Sharp made Pryor's biggest play.

The sophomore courtesy runner motored all the way from first base to score the go-ahead run when Miller’s two-out pop fly dropped in short left field and the Tigers went on to a 4-2 first-round win over Piedmont.

With a full count and two out in the bottom of the fifth, Sharp was off with the pitch. He blasted around second base and never slowed, even though he didn't see Miller's hit fall between the Wildcats' shortstop and left fielder.

Gus Collins, a University of Arkansas signee, allowed three hits and struck out nine for Pryor, pushing his record to 9-0. He retired 17 of the Wildcats' final 18 hitters.

Collinsville 13, Lawton MacArthur 0

Collinsville scored six runs in the third inning with the help of five MacArthur errors and senior pitcher Hayden Minton (8-1) was in control.

He allowed two hits, struck out seven and belted his eighth homer, a solo shot.

From Tulsa World

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