EDMOND — Even back in the dugout following the on-field celebration, Vian catcher Dan Weer couldn't stop shaking.
“That's something that only happens in your dreams,” Weer said. “It's awesome.”
Weer delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to send the Wolverines to the Class 3A championship game with an 8-7 win over Marlow at Edmond Santa Fe.
Vian will play two-time Verdigris at noon Saturday for the title. Verdigris has won the last two 3A titles.
The Wolverines let an early 5-0 lead slip away with some sloppy defense, committing seven errors.
Marlow scored three in the fifth and another in the sixth with the help of four errors to tie it.
Rylee Simon led off the seventh with a double before Weer lined Trey Coffman's first-pitch fastball down the left-field line to end the game.
Weer was 0 for 1 with a pair of walks heading into the at-bat, and Vian coach John Brockman had a discussion with his sophomore catcher earlier in the game about putting together good at-bats. Brockman told Weer not to take a fastball the rest of the game.
“He was aggressive,” Brockman said. “We weren't going to bunt in that situation with our four-hole hitter up there and he took advantage.”
Vian hasn't played pretty for much of the year, but the Wolverines are one win away from the school's first baseball state championship.
“It didn't look good. It looks real bad sometimes but it gets the job done,” Weer said. “We find different ways to win.”
Shawn Troutman went the distance for Vian, battling through the shaky defense to keep Marlow scoreless in the seventh.
The Outlaws got a leadoff single, then put another runner on after a Vian error on a sacrifice bunt.
But Anthony Green's sacrifice attempt allowed the Wolverines to get the runner at third, and Troutman forced Beau Meshell to ground into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
Verdigris 10, Spiro 3
Verdigris coach Brian Keith trusted Mitch Hammack so much a year ago that he started him on the mound in the state championship game.
But even Friday morning, Keith wasn't sure he'd put Hammack back on the mound during the state tournament.
Keith decided to trust his instincts, though, and it paid off as Hammack threw a complete game as the Cardinals beat Spiro.
“He'd struggled recently but we stuck with him,” Keith said. “He got his breaking ball over early. We knew he'd have to have something off-speed working because they're such a good fastball-hitting team.”
The Cardinals trailed 3-1 before exploding for seven runs in the fifth with the help of a pair of Spiro errors.
Kale Keith delivered a two-run single in the inning. Keith was 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
Brian Keith wasn't sure if his ace, Blake Battenfield, would be able to pitch in the title game. Battenfield threw a complete game in the Cardinals' 3-0 win over Oklahoma Christian in Thursday's first round.
Colton Gamble was 3 for 3 with an RBI for Spiro.