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Class 6A baseball: Edmond Santa Fe caps dream season with first championship

TULSA — Edmond Santa Fe coach Ryan Phillips turned and raised his arms to the crowd as the background filled with the traditional dogpile of his player in front of the dirt mound.

His emotions were obvious as he choked up.

The Class 6A baseball state tournament had enough twists and turns to make Hollywood producers raise an eyebrow.

A slow start in March erased. A football star lifting the team to the title game. Two injured pitchers finding their way in the biggest game. A bases-loaded double to clinch the title.

“Look at what it turned out to be,” Phillips said. “It’s like it was scripted. This is just awesome.”

Edmond Santa Fe beat Broken Arrow 5-4 Saturday night for its first baseball championship at ONEOK Field. It was the capper for a remarkable season full of ups and downs.

They started the season 1-3, losing to powers Owasso and Westmoore. They then lost sophomore left-hander Cooper Jenson to an elbow injury in an upset of national power IMG Academy on spring break.

But Edmond Santa Fe still never stopped believing.

By the state tournament, it was rolling. The Wolves beat Owasso in the quarterfinals. Oklahoma State football signee Trace Ford lifted them in the semifinals with a walk-off grand slam.

“It looked like it was meant to be,” Edmond Santa Fe senior Braden Reichert said.

There still needed to be drama in the script.

Reichert hyper-extended his pitching elbow in Friday’s celebration. He still started on the mound, throwing 7 mph less than normal. With every curveball, he winced.

Broken Arrow twice took the lead after Santa Fe grabbed control. Reichert, a Northwestern Oklahoma State football signee, still made it through four innings.

He gave way to another risk.

Jenson had not pitched since spraining his UCL over spring training. His first bullpen was Monday, yet he still wanted the ball.

“I just felt amazing,” Jenson said. “I’ve been wanting to pitch so bad and coming out and doing this is the best feeling ever.”

Jenson delivered three shut-down innings, allowing catcher Ryan Lowery to deliver the decisive blow with a three-run double in the fifth for a 5-4 lead.

Lowery came through after two popups looked to doom the inning.

“He’s done that all year,” Phillips said. "These guys are troopers."

Each moment and decision mattered as the Wolves did what few expected by finally bringing home the title.

“No one thought we’d be here right now,” Jenson said. “I think that just drove us. We never gave up and we came through.”

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<strong>Edmond Santa Fe's Blake Robertson holds up the Class 6A championship trophy after defeating Broken Arrow 5-4 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa on Saturday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World]</strong>

Edmond Santa Fe's Blake Robertson holds up the Class 6A championship trophy after defeating Broken Arrow 5-4 at ONEOK Field in Tulsa on Saturday. [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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