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.
“We definitely have a bull’s-eye on our back,” Litterell said. “We know we’ll get the other team’s best but we feel we’re up to the challenge. Our goal all year has been to win state.”
Tuttle coach Travis Owen was suspended for the state tournament opener. The OSSAA announced this week freshmen that didn’t play but were on the roster during regular season tournaments counted toward the total number of tournaments allowed. Owen will return for Friday’s semifinals.
CHECOTAH 5, BYNG 2
Junior right-hander Jack Christian outpitched Byng right-hander Reid Wall, who play next season at OSU.
Christian allowed only one hit through five innings before Byng strung together three hits in the sixth. Christian got out of the sixth inning jam and Caleb Knight pitched the seventh for the save.
Wall struck out nine but surrendered five runs on seven hits. Checotah shortstop Wyatt Hatridge was 3-for-3. Hatridge stroked a two-run single in the fourth and scored two runs.
CATOOSA 3, BETHANY 0
Nick Brown tossed a four-hit shutout, recording 17 strikeouts to lead the Indians past Bethany. King also supplied a two-run single in the first, then then dominated on the mound.
Center fielder Bailey Meyer had two hits, scored a run and drove in an insurance run in the seventh for Catoosa.