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All-State baseball notebook: Binger-Oney's Austin Green doesn't play after near-death accident

by Jacob Unruh Published: July 29, 2014
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Binger-Oney outfielder/pitcher Austin Green visited his teammate Weston Kerlick before Tuesday’s Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game at Oral Roberts’ J.L. Johnson Stadium, but declined the invitation to see the West players in the locker room.

“They asked me to go down in there but I was like, ‘I’ll actually want to play,’” Green said.

Green, who was on The Oklahoman’s All-State second team, was unable to play due to suffering injuries in a horrific injury early in the summer that nearly took his life.

While working for Caddo Electric, an auger broke, sending a cable into Green’s head and back and throwing him around 20 feet into a barbed wire fence. He was then airlifted to Oklahoma City, where he spent four days recovering.

“All my workers thought I was dead … and I was laying there for a couple of minutes,” Green said. “My cousin was working with me there too and he was calling my dad and saying I was dead.”

Green had a large amount of stitches and staples, leaving scars that are still visible. He suffered a fractured C7 vertebra and is suffering from vertigo.

But he will still get a chance to play at Seminole State next season after he recovers, and he feels fortunate to still have that opportunity.

He just wanted one more high school game this week.

“It was good for me to be out here and actually see some ball being played still,” Green said. “It sucks not being able to actually go out there. I guess it’s better to wait until I’m healthy and then play again.”

EAST PITCHING DOMINANT IN LARGE-SCHOOL WIN

Three future Division I pitchers completely baffled the West, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 shutout.

Owasso’s Jeb Bargfeldt, Byng’s Reid Wall and Dewey’s Carson LaRue combined for the seven-inning masterpiece, which included a streak of 15 straight batters retired following a leadoff single by Guthrie’s Jacob Chappell.

East took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI fielder’s choice from Stillwater’s Michael Higgins that scored Spiro’s Hunter Wilson.

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by Jacob Unruh
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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...
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