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Class 5A Baseball Roundup: Carl Albert, Pryor to renew rivalry in title game

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BROKEN ARROW — Carter LaValley hit two home runs, and Carl Albert advanced to the state title game for the first time since 2014 with a 5-3 win over Collinsville on Friday.

The Titans, who finished with 12 hits, struck the early blow with a pair of homers in the first inning for a 3-0 lead. LaValley led off the game with a solo blast and Clayton Frazier followed with a two-run shot.

Collinsville responded in the bottom half as Brett Trimble’s two-run double with the bases loaded sliced the deficit to 3-2. Jordan Wilkins evened the game at 3 when he belted the first pitch of the second inning over the left-center field wall, his second homer of the tournament.

Carl Albert went ahead 4-3 in the fifth when Ben Harris drew a one-out walk and crossed the plate before Lake Strickland was tagged out in a rundown to end the inning.

LaValley expanded the advantage to 5-3 when he belted a solo shot off the right-field pole with one out in the sixth inning.

Pryor 11, Coweta 1 (5 innings)

Pryor took advantage of 12 Coweta walks as it scored five times in the first inning and three in the second and never looked back.

Pryor junior outfielder Garrett Mitchell had a three-run home run in the first frame and finished with four RBIs.

With the win, the Tigers advanced to play Carl Albert in the state title game on Saturday. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

Carl Albert (33-7) and Pryor (37-3) have developed quite a rivalry on the baseball diamond over the past few state tournaments.

The Titans eliminated the Tigers on their way to winning the Class 5A title in 2013 and 2014 and defeated Pryor in 2017, as well. Pryor got a measure of revenge when it held on for a 7-6 victory in the first round last year and went on to a runner-up finish.

“We’ve lost to them so many times in the first round and then finally beat them last year,” Mitchell said. “So I think there’s a little bit of rivalry.”

Tulsa World

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