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Class 6A Baseball Roundup: Edmond Santa Fe, Broken Arrow advance to title game

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BIXBY — Trace Ford could feel his heart pounding in his chest. He couldn’t breathe.

Edmond Santa Fe coach Ryan Phillips calmed down his big, strong cleanup hitter.

“I told him to close his eyes, focus on his stomach and breathe in and out,” Phillips said. ”And I told him that if he didn’t get the job done, (Cayden Brumbaugh, the Wolves’ five-hole hitter) would pick us up. But Trace is a gamer.”

Ford relaxed and lined a low, first-pitch fastball over the left-field wall for a one-out, seventh-inning grand slam, giving Santa Fe a 9-7 win over Jenks in the Class 6A baseball semifinals Friday before about 1,000 spectators.

Ford, who has committed to play football at Oklahoma State, said he “thought our season was over” when Santa Fe entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 7-5. Afterward, he said, hitting his first varsity grand slam in such a key spot gave him “the greatest feeling in the world.”

With the victory, Santa Fe (27-12) advanced to play Broken Arrow (24-10) in the Class 6A final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

Broken Arrow 3, Stillwater 2

Broken Arrow senior right-hander Manny Duran singled home a run and pitched six gritty innings, keeping the Tigers in the game after Stillwater took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, and Matt Kaiser singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.

Stillwater was held scoreless after Brennan Thompson’s two-run double in the opening frame.

BA made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first when Duran’s two-out single scored Kaiser, who had walked. The Tigers tied it in the fourth on Chandler Suddath’s squeeze bunt after Braeden Warwick led off the inning with a double and went to third on a sacrifice.

Eli Riggs pitched well for the Pioneers, before leaving with two out and the bases loaded in the sixth.

Kaiser, looking for a fastball from Drew Blake, got what he wanted and lined it over the shortstop’s head to drive in the winning run.

Tulsa World

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