CARL ALBERT 8, PRYOR 1
For Carl Albert, runs haven't been difficult to come by this season. The Titans have scored at least 10 runs in 21 of their 37 games.
On Thursday, they had the bats going once again, scoring eight runs on nine hits to coast to an 8-1 win over Pryor in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
The defending state champions were led at the plate and on the mound by Cameron Warren. The junior collected two hits, and threw a complete game to get the win.
“It felt good to pitch that well,” Warren said. “It was good that we came out and got some runs, and I didn't allow any walks. I don't even remember the last time I was able to do that.”
Pryor was led by senior Casey Holloway, who was 2-for-3 and scored the Tigers' only run. Holloway tied his own school record with his 40th stolen base of the season in the sixth inning.
COWETA 11, GUTHRIE 8
Coweta used an aggressive approach at the plate — pounding out 14 hits — and a gutty pitching performance from Ty Gunter in route to a quarterfinal win.
“He (Gunter) really gutted it out today,” Coweta coach Pat Foster said. “He's been a terrific ballplayer for us.”
Gunter pitched around six errors to earn a complete game victory, improving his record to 7-1.
Coweta (17-11) came into the tournament as the underdog, but the Tigers believe they're playing their best baseball of the season.
“You have to be lucky and good just to get here,” Gunter said. “Once you get into state it's about getting hot at the right time. I think with how we are swinging the bats that's exactly what we're doing right now.”
The 12th-ranked Tigers blew open a close game with six runs on five hits in the top of the fourth.
Gunter also led Coweta's hitting attack, going 4-for-5 out of the leadoff spot.
Guthrie (22-8) was led by Jacob Chappell who collected three hits and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays.
CLAREMORE 6, CHICKASHA 3
The first four batters of the game reached for Claremore — none recording a hit — as the Zebras took advantage of two walks, an error, and a hit batter to score three first inning runs. Two of those runs came on Issac Hollihan's single.
Claremore returned the favor in the sixth — surrendering three walks and an error to start the inning and allow Chickasha to cut the lead to 6-3.
The Zebras then turned to Bryce Howe in relief of starter Jacob Teague with the bases loaded and no outs. Howe struck out three straight batters to end the threat in the sixth, and three more in seventh to earn the save.
Claremore (30-4) advances to play Coweta at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.