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.
Verdigris’ Ryan Skalnik later made it 3-0 in the third with a two-run single.
Five future Oklahoma State players participated in the game in front of their future coach Josh Holliday, including Wall, LaRue and Chappell. Joining them was Deer Creek’s Caleb Eldridge and Stillwater’s Jon Littell.
Edmond Santa Fe’s Quin Walbergh, an Oklahoma signee, had a single for West alongside Deer Creek’s Alex Forget.
Bargfeldt, who was credited with the win after two shutout innings to start the game, has signed with Wichita State.
EAST RALLIES IN SMALL-SCHOOL GAME
Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, East rallied for three runs to escape with a 6-4 victory.
Dale’s Chase Byndas tied the game with a single that scored Hartshorne’s Brett Akins. Silo’s Lance House then followed with a single to score Silo’s Leonard Sandlen ahead of a sacrifice fly by Caney Valley’s Tristen Gagan.
West had taken the lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Amber-Pocasset’s Ethan James. Dover’s Junior Obeso and Hennessey’s Matthew Mills also drove in runs for West.
DOZIER NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier was named the OCA Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.
Dozier, who was The Oklahoman’s All-State Coach of the Year, led the Titans to their third straight state championship in May.
SCALES HONORED BETWEEN GAMES
Longtime Lookeba-Sickles coach Daryl Scales was honored between games and presented with a plaque for his career accomplishment.
Scales retired following last season with more than 1,800 victories, seven championship and five runner-up finishes.
Scales’ son Landon has been named his successor.
CORRECTION: The win total for former Lookeba-Sickles baseball coach Daryl Scales was previously incorrectly reported. Scales won more than 1,800 games during his career. (This story has been corrected.)