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Class 5A baseball: Pryor routs Carl Albert to win first title

TULSA — Trent Harrison wanted to pound the strike zone over and over and over.

That’s exactly how Pryor’s senior right-hander lives. For Carl Albert, it was all too enticing.

“We’re really good patient hitters,” Carl Albert coach Tim LaValley said. “I felt us pressing a little bit.”

Harrison’s two-seam fastball danced. His breaking stuff found the zone. In total, he went to just a few three-ball counts.

And Pryor rolled.

The Tigers routed Carl Albert 11-0 in the Class 5A state championship Saturday afternoon at ONEOK Field, bringing home the school’s first baseball championship while slowing down the red-hot Titans behind a veteran pitcher.

“I just tried to pitch around the strike zone,” Harrison said. “I didn’t want to throw it down the middle because they’re a really good hitting team.

“It was pretty much let them hit it, throw offspeed and get them off their feet.”

Harrison held Carl Albert to just five hits while striking out one. He did not walk a batter. And after Pryor scored three runs in the fourth, he got even more help as the Titans pressed and swung early in the at-bat.

For a team that had won 20 straight games — scoring often in double digits — it was a change in approach. But one Pryor veteran coach Gerald Osborne anticipated when he put Harrison’s name on the lineup card.

“Once they got down, that really tightened the collar up and he gets better as the game goes on,” Osborne said. “I think we had to do that. You never felt safe until you got it up to seven or eight. They can score a lot in a hurry.”

Pryor (38-3) broke the game open with a three-run sixth and five-run seventh.

Meanwhile, Harrison never wavered against Carl Albert (33-8).

He held red-hot hitting Carter LaValley hitless in three at-bats. LaValley entered the day having homered four times in two state tournament games. He came up with two runners on in the fifth, but hit a sharp grounder right to second baseman Zach Kober to end the inning.

Then things got away from the Titans.

“I thought we were the best team in the state, and I still think we are,” Tim LaValley said. “We just had that bad game we haven’t had since spring break. It’s pretty disappointing. I wanted to finish it off with the group.”

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<strong>Pryor's Trent Harrison tosses his glove into the air after defeating Carl Albert 11-0 in the 5A championship Saturday at ONEOK Field in Tulsa. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World]</strong>

Pryor's Trent Harrison tosses his glove into the air after defeating Carl Albert 11-0 in the 5A championship Saturday at ONEOK Field in Tulsa. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World]

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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