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Class 4A state baseball: Berryhill holds off Plainview

Zach Jackson tossed his second complete game in three days Saturday as Berryhill claimed the Class 4A state championship in a 3-1 win over Plainview.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 11, 2013

The Chiefs (36-5) added their third and final run a few minutes later on an errant pickoff attempt at first base.

Still, Berryhill knew from watching the state tournament's first two days that Plainview was perfectly capable of a late rally.

The Indians (33-7) won a 10-inning, 2-1 battle with Catoosa in the quarterfinals, then scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally past Byng in a 4-3 semifinal win.

“Our guys knew, even going into the seventh inning, they've had two huge comebacks both days,” said Berryhill coach Brian Hailey. “Our hats off to them. They had a great run, great team.”

Jackson completed a stellar high-school career with a gutsy state tournament run, and now moves on to his college career at Arkansas. He signed with the Razorbacks in November.

“This was an awesome way to go out, but I'm excited for (Arkansas),” Jackson said. “I fell in love with the campus down there, I couldn't ask to go anywhere better.”

Hailey added, “He's a special player. He's a once-in-a-lifetime player. He's still got better days ahead of him; I promise you.”