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Class 3A state baseball tournament: Jones, Chandler eliminated from tournament

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.
By Michael Stewart, For The Oklahoman Modified: May 15, 2014 at 11:10 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014
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photo - Kansas base runner Logan Blaine (6) slides head first into first base during a Class 3A baseball state game between Jones and Kansas at Edmond Memorial High School, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Edmond. Photo by KT King, For The Oklahoman
Kansas base runner Logan Blaine (6) slides head first into first base during a Class 3A baseball state game between Jones and Kansas at Edmond Memorial High School, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Edmond. Photo by KT King, For The Oklahoman

— 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.”

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