EDMOND — Kansas junior Logan Blaine pitched the only complete game in the Class 3A state baseball tournament Thursday, striking out 10 while leading the Comets to a 4-3 first-round victory over Jones at Edmond Memorial High School.
Kansas scored the last of its runs in the fourth inning, when Blaine provided the biggest offensive outburst for his team with a two-run single.
The Comets will play Marlow in the first quarterfinal game, scheduled 11 a.m. Friday at Edmond Memorial.
Jones scored three runs in the seventh inning. The Longhorns had the tying run in scoring position with two out, but Keone Givens struck out to end the rally.
Jones coach Mike Lowe urged his club to keep fighting.
“Our kids never gave up,” Lowe said. “They kept fighting. Even with two outs, they still wanted to find a way to win. We’ve been at that stage several times during the regular season. So we never wanted to give up, even though their kid was throwing really, really well.”
Verdrigis 5, Chandler 3
Verdigris began pursuit of its’ fourth consecutive state championship by scoring early and then withstanding a late rally by Chandler.
Verdigris captain Ryan Skalnik scored two runs and was 2-for-3 to help the defending champ to a win.
“Skalnik is our only senior, and he’s been our leader all year,” Cardinals coach Brian Keith said. “He’s just a big-time player for us.”
The game began with the Cardinals being presented the Class 3A Academic State Championship; the team has an overall 3.75 GPA.
“These kids are a great group to be around,” Keith said. “Obviously, they are the smartest group, being academic state champions. But these are good kids and good character kids to be around.”
Marlow 4, Cascia Hall 2
The first game of the day was a defensive battle until Marlow broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning.
Austin Forsythe walked with bases loaded, giving the Outlaws the lead.
Cascia Hall came back to force extra innings behind Nathan Dinsmore’s RBI single and the Commandos stealing home to tie the game at 2-2.
But Marlow scored twice in the top of the eighth. Cascia Hall shortstop Kelby Hern made two errors that allowed Brady Melton and Beau Meshell to score the winning runs.
Vian 3, Spiro 2
Junior A.J. Rodriguez broke a tie in the bottom of the sixth inning by nailing a two-run RBI single to give Vian the winning runs.
Vian’s Jon Andrews and Spiro’s Hunter Wilson both threw complete games, but Andrews would get the win even though he allowed one final run in the top of the seventh inning.
Vian will face Verdigris at 1:30 p.m. Friday.