EDMOND — With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, Plainview junior Carter Bowker stood in the on-deck circle, watched Byng call for an intentional walk and sent up a prayer.
“That was just a bad idea on their part,” Bowker said with a grin. “They shouldn't have done that.”
Bowker's walk-off single to right field capped a four-run seventh and secured the Indians' 4-3 Class 4A semifinal win Friday.
Plainview meets Berryhill in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. state championship game at Shawnee.
Byng opened the scoring Friday with Andre Davis' first inning sacrifice fly. Davis added an RBI double in the third, and the Pirates took a 3-0 lead with Joe Nemecek's fourth inning RBI single.
All the while, Plainview couldn't manage much offense at all and entered the last half inning down 3-0.
The Indians drew three straight walks, then Devin Hartman's two-run single pulled Plainview within one. During the next at-bat, senior James Bowker stole third base and scored a few pitches later on a passed ball.
“He was playing back, and the pitcher wasn't giving me any second thought,” James Bowker said of his stolen base. “I'm a senior. I don't want this to me my last game, so I've gotta pull through with something big.”
After James Bowker's run tied the game, Byng walked Kyle Williams to load the bases and bring up Carter Bowker, who was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts before his walk-off heroics.
“It was awesome,” James Bowker said of his little brother's heroics. “I knew he had it in him. We needed a run, and he came through for us.”
Berryhill 7, Tuttle 4
Berryhill junior Nick White recorded 13 strikeouts in his complete-game effort, and the Chiefs advanced to their second consecutive Class 4A state championship game with Friday's 7-4 semifinal win over Tuttle.
White was also 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored Friday.
Berryhill won its only baseball state title in 2007, and is playing in its fourth straight Class 4A state baseball tournament. The Chiefs have now reached the championship game in three of those years.
Berryhill scored two runs in the top of the first inning Friday, but Tuttle responded by recording three in the bottom of the first, when Berryhill committed two errors.
The Chiefs, though, scored four runs in the second inning to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish.