State slips away from Silo
Errors, Bobcat pitching take toll on Rebels in Class A final
by By Zach Maxwell Sports Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY - On a day with so much red and blue on the baseball field, it was Green that stole the show.
Binger-Oney’s ace pitcher Austin Green held Silo to three hits and .136 batting as the Bobcats slipped past the Rebels 5-4 to take the Class A state championship on Saturday.
“He dominated us, he just out-pitched us,” said Silo Coach Billy Jack Bowen after the loss. “He was the difference.”
Jarris Hamilton got the start for Silo, going into the third inning before Forrest Ludrick took over. Kendall Shives pitched the last two innings for the Rebels, who committed three errors in the game.
The Bobcats (27-8) scored in each of the first four innings to match Silo’s two-run rallies in the third and fifth. Binger-Oney ties Silo with their third fall baseball title; only eight schools have four or more, led by Asher with 23 (including the Class B crown on Saturday).
Silo reached the big game by virtue of a dramatic 8-6 win over Tushka on Thursday and an 11-3 thumping of Sterling on Friday, both in Edmond. Binger-Oney ousted top-ranked Dale 6-5 on Thursday and pounded Rattan 19-7 on Friday to reach the championship.
In the Friday win, Andrew Bolin seared the base paths for an in-the-park home run to spark a four-run first inning for the Rebels. The Tigers put up three runs but were shut down thereafter by Bolin, pitching in relief.
Jarris Hamilton and Hunter Jackson each hit RBI doubles in the fifth to give Silo a 6-3 cushion. Lucas Long had a double and Leonard Sandler’s RBI helped Silo put up three more in the sixth. Tanner Clark’s two-RBI base rip in the seventh added the final two runs in the Friday game.
The Rebels end the fall campaign with a record of 29-5 and were presented the State Runner-Up trophy after the game Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. It was the latest of Silo’s numerous appearances in the state finals but their first time to play in the biggest baseball venue in Oklahoma, home of the Triple-A OKC RedHawks.
Clouds broke to a clear blue sky in the state capital and fans on both sides erupted in cheers at high noon after a lengthy and deafening pre-game tornado siren test. Silo players wore red shirts and white pinstriped pants; Binger-Oney had blue shirts with red numbers and gray pants.
FIRST INNING: Andrew Bolin flied out to center; Lance House singled and stole second. Leonard Sandler flied out to center and Jarris Hamilton grounded out to first, stranding House.
With Hamilton on the mound, Weston Kerlick drew a walk and stole second. Hunter King grounded out to Sandler, moving Kerlick to third. Green struck out, then Colby Sweeney reached base on an error. Kerlick scored on a passed ball, Ledgend Smith was hit by a pitch, then Sweeney was caught stealing third on a throw from Tanner Clark to Sandler (1-0 Bobcats).
SECOND INNING: Hunter Jackson, Kendall Shives and Tanner Hearon went down in order on a fly ball and two pop-ups as Green got the Rebels under the ball.
Binger-Oney’s Cord Coffey led off with a triple to deep left and scored on a Dekota Green RBI single. Green reached second on an attempted play at the plate against Coffey. Tanner Toho laid down a sac bunt, moving Coffey to third. Jace Fixico grounded out to Hamilton, who checked the runner at third before making the play. Kerlick struck out to end the threat (2-0 Bobcats).
THIRD INNING: Tanner Clark popped up to the first baseman. Lucas Long drew a walk, the Bolin singled and later stole second. House hit a line drive to the diving center fielder, but Long tagged up and scored on the sacrifice. Bolin moved to third on a pick-off error, then scored on a passed ball to tie the game. Sandler drew a two-out walk but slid past second base on a steal and was tagged out.
Hunter King hit a lead-off single for the Bobcats, then Austin Green walked, ending the afternoon for Hamilton. Ludrick came on to pitch, and King scored on an errant pick-off throw to third. C. Sweeney laid down a squeeze bunt scoring Green. L. Smith grounded out to Sandler at third, then back-to-back Bobcat singles were squandered when T. Toho flied out to center (4-2 Bobcats).
FOURTH INNING: Hamilton, Jackson and Shives went down in order on ground-outs.
Ludrick fanned Fixico and Kerlick before a tricky fly ball escaped Lance House’s glove and got Hunter King to second base. Austin Green then hit a double to score King for the eventual game-winning run before Sweeney’s ground out ended the inning (5-2 Bobcats).
FIFTH INNING: Hearon grounded out, Clark popped up and Lucas Long grounded out for the Rebels.
Shives came on to pitch for Silo, getting a ground-out, a fly ball out and a strikeout (5-2 Bobcats).
SIXTH INNING: Bolin drew a lead-off walk, then Lance House doubled off the chalk down the right field line to score Bolin. House stole third, setting up a sac fly RBI by L. Sandler to get the Rebels within a run on just one out. Hamilton walked, and Dalley Cheek was brought in to run for him. Hunter Jackson struck out and Cheek was caught napping at first, getting tagged out in a run-down near second.
T. Toho drew a base on balls, with Chris O’Briant in to run for him. He reached second on a failed pick-off. C. Fixico’s sac bunt moved O’Briant to third. Kerlick bunted in front of Shives, who lobbed the ball to Clark for the tag at home against the Bobcats’ pinch runner. With the next batter up, Clark gunned a throw to Lucas Long at second to catch Kerlick stealing.
SEVENTH INNING: Shives grounded back to the pitcher, and Hearon struck out. Tanner Clark ran the count full before tapping a routine fly ball to shallow center to end the game.
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