When Dale infielder Landon Coon looked up at the scoreboard late in the small school All-State baseball game, he threw conventional wisdom out the window.
He walked over to Hartshorne's Evan Sanders, who was scheduled to finish the game for the Small East, and let him know what he was facing.
The Small West had yet to get a hit when Sanders entered.
“I knew I was probably going to jinx him there but that's OK,” Coon said. “I told him in the fifth that he better not get in there and give up the first hit.”
Coon and Sanders will play together at Eastern Oklahoma State College.
Sanders cruised through the sixth, then Cheyenne's Clayton Brewster dumped a leadoff single to center field to break up the no-hit bid.
But Sanders bounced back to strike out the side to give the East a 4-0 win.
The East scored all but one of their runs in the fifth, helped by a pair of errors and four wild pitches. All of the runs in the inning were unearned.
LARGE WEST GETS BY LARGE EAST
Midwest City's Greg Bruno had three hits, helping the Large West to a 5-2 win over the Large East.
The West took the lead in the first with the help of a pair of errors, then added another on Bruno's RBI single in the first off Broken Arrow's Jacob Evans, an OU signee.