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Class 4A state baseball tournament: Dewey's Carson LaRue throws no-hitter in state tourney opener

LaRue, who will pitch at Oklahoma State next season, faced only two hitters over the minimum to lead the Bulldoggers to a 7-0 win over Elgin at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
By Mike Baldwin Published: May 15, 2014
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EDMOND — Dewey right-hander Carson LaRue has thrown three no-hitters, but his most memorable will be Thursday’s no-hitter at the Class 4A state baseball tournament.

LaRue, who will pitch at Oklahoma State next season, faced only two hitters over the minimum to lead the Bulldoggers to a 7-0 win over Elgin at Edmond Santa Fe High School.

“It’s one of the most exciting things in the world and to throw one at state, it doesn’t get any better,” LaRue said. “But I never even thought about it until the last batter.”

LaRue threw a perfect game last season against Inola, but Thursday was a big stage. He recorded 12 strikeouts and walked three, but one runner was erased caught stealing.

“My main focus was to get the win,” LaRue said. “Last year we got beat in the first round. We’re now just one more (win) away from the finals.”

No. 3 ranked Dewey (34-4) will face No. 18 Checotah (29-7) in Friday’s semifinals. No. 1 Tuttle (31-7) faces No. 8 Catoosa (23-9) in the other semifinal.

TUTTLE 3, CUSHING 2

Senior Conner Litterell has been the catalyst to the Tigers being ranked No. 1 much of the season. Litterell rapped out two hits, drove in a run and pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 13.

Litterell, who is among the state leaders with 31 RBIs, got out of a sixth inning jam to help the Tigers advance.

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