As the ball skipped to the shortstop, Red Oak pitcher Dylan Fazekas turned in anticipation.
When shortstop Bryce Deatherage scooped up the ball, Fazekas leapt and, as the relay throw went to first for the final out, Fazekas tossed his glove into the air.
Red Oak took its fifth overall baseball state title Saturday, beating Asher 3-0 at Palmer Field at Dolese Park.
“It's spectacular,” Fazekas said. “It's absolutely incredible to win this. This is what we've been working for since Day 1.”
While Red Oak has had plenty of success in recent years — winning the 2011 and 2008 spring titles and 2010 and 2008 fall championships — this Red Oak team was far from the experienced group that had lifted them before.
The Eagles had just two seniors and three juniors on their 10-man roster.
“It's unbelievable what a small town, when they put their kids first everyday, what kids can accomplish when they have this much support,” Red Oak coach Trey Booth said.
Fazekas, who struggled a bit in the Eagles' Thursday win over Coleman, allowed just three hits in seven innings.
On the other side, Zac Fowler was nearly as effective.
Red Oak managed a pair of first-inning unearned runs without the benefit of a hit, and the only runners the Eagles managed until the sixth came on back-to-back two-out walks in the fourth.
But Fazekas gave himself a little bit of breathing room in the sixth, leading off the inning with a home run before going back to the mound for the seventh.
Two of Asher's three hits came in the last inning, back-to-back singles that brought the tying run to the plate with one out before Fazekas forced the double-play grounder to end it.
“That whole last inning, my legs were shaking,” Fazekas said. “I wasn't buckled down and things weren't going very well.
“But he's (Deatherage) has been money all year long and once he got it, I knew it was over.”
While Red Oak is young, so is Asher. The Indians sent out five freshman to start the state title game and had just three seniors.
“I bet we do it a bunch the next couple years,” Booth told Asher coach Shane Coker after the game.
Asher has one 44 state baseball titles — 22 spring and 22 fall — but hasn't won one since 1998. Coker played on seven championship teams during his time playing at Asher from 1984-88.
“It's a lot like when us and Roff were both so young a few years ago,” Booth said. “You could tell we were going to see each other a lot and there was a bit of a rivalry starting.
“I think that same thing's happening with Asher.”
Fazekas' home run was the only hit allowed by Fowler.
“These three games here were probably the three best games we've been associated with all year,” Coker said. “Our pitching staff was incredible this week.”
Red Oak catcher Garrett Gilley moved in from Eufaula after nearly getting a title with the Ironheads last year.
He quickly fit in with the Eagles.
“We're a family and we're a tradition,” Gilley said. “Just a small town in Eastern Oklahoma where all we do is play baseball.”