NORMAN — Carl Albert senior Cameron Warren had no idea if he could pitch until it was almost game time Saturday.
After cutting two fingers on his pitching hand at school Wednesday while moving some filing cabinets, Warren was scratched from his scheduled start in Thursday’s Class 5A state quarterfinals.
The idea was to get him ready for Saturday’s championship game at L. Dale Mitchell Park, and it turned out three times as nice for the Titans.
Warren started the game on the mound and drove in five runs to lift Carl Albert to its third straight title in a 9-4 win over Deer Creek.
“Winning one was amazing, winning two was great but winning three doesn’t happening that often,” said Warren, who will play next year on the same field for the Sooners. “I had a lot of adrenaline so I was able to go.”
The Titans (38-4) are the first team in Class 5A history to win three straight championships.
Warren, who played first base Thursday and Friday wearing a glove on his throwing hand, opened the game with a three-run homer to left in the first inning.
That allowed Warren to relax on the mound with his injury.
He lasted into the fourth inning when he said new baseballs were brought out with raised seams that tore open his wounds. He allowed an RBI single to Alex Forget before turning it over to Justin McGregor with no outs and two runners on base.
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