– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Mustang 10, Westmoore 4
It was Mustang’s first trip to the state tournament since 2001 and they made the most of the appearance. They ran away from Westmoore to win their second title in school history with a 10-4 win. The Jaguars jumped out early on Mustang and roughed up the Broncos but they didn’t back down. The Broncos would rally to tie the game and then take the lead 5-4 after six innings. Things went from bad to worse for the Jaguars when Mustang added five runs in the top of the seventh inning to all but secure their championship. Seth Selby was the star for the Broncos after he finished with five RBI’s in the win.
Shawnee 12, Claremore 7
Shawnee finished off their perfect 40-0 season with a 12-7 win over Claremore on Saturday afternoon. The victory gave the Wolves their third consecutive state championship and their 52nd consecutive win dating back to last year’s championship run. The undefeated season was the first since Owasso went 36-0 in 2013. The Wolves wasted little time going to work when they scored three runs in the first inning. Jake Taylor would then go yard and Shawnee led Claremore 9-0 in the fourth inning. They went into the bottom of the seventh inning with a 12-2 lead. However, the Zebras made it interesting with five runs in the final frame. However, the ten run deficit was too much to overcome and Shawnee completed the perfect season.
Byng 12, Heritage Hall 1 (6 Innings)
It was an unconventional walk off home run for Byng as they captured their first state championship since 2001. They beat Heritage Hall with a 12-1 run rule victory in the sixth inning. The Pirates beat the two-time defending champion Chargers for the second time this season, they beat them 2-0 back in early March. Billy Wall hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to make the game a run rule victory. In their second year in 4A, Heritage Hall was looking for their second straight title. They had their ace and Arizona signee Roman Phansalkar on the mound. Byng roughed him up early. Phansalkar gave up eight runs in the loss. He gave up two earned runs all season before Saturday.
Metro Christian 4, Verdigris 0
Metro Christian was looking for revenge on Saturday and they finished off the job when they knocked off Verdigris 4-0. The Patriots lost to the Cardinals in the title game a year ago. With so much talent returning, Metro Christian had their eyes on this date from the start of the season. Dylan Bierman was lights out on the mound as he shut down and shut out the Verdigris lineup. ORU signee Brody Gipson got Metro Christian on the scoreboard first with an RBI single in the first inning and the Patriots never looked back. Metro Christian finishes off the season with a 30-5 record with only one loss coming to an Oklahoma team. That came to NOAH during the Victory Christian tournament.
Silo 20, Dale 2 (5 Innings)
Things got out of hand in a hurry in Saturday’s 2A championship game. Silo blew out Dale 20-2 in a 5 inning run rule victory. Silo trailed early 2-0 in the second inning and put up nine runs to not only respond but took control and never looked back. The Rebels would go on to score 11 more runs over the next three innings and ended the game against Dale early. This was the fourth time Dale and Silo met with the 2A championship on the line in the last six years. The record is now even with both teams winning two titles during that span. Silo’s win gave the Rebels their third title in the last five years. All three championships came at the expense of Dale.