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Class 5A state baseball: Carl Albert defeats Claremore for back-to-back state titles

Jared Price dealt the decisive blow Saturday afternoon in the form of a go-ahead, two-run double in the fifth inning to propel the second-ranked Titans' 4-2 victory over No. 1 Claremore at Edmond Santa Fe in the Class 5A state championship.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 11, 2013

But once he did, it was a matter of time before the Titans delivered.

They scored a run in the second on an RBI single by Cameron Warren, but eventually left the bases loaded. They again left the bases loaded in the third.

Ultimately, they broke through in the fifth with sophomore catcher Cory Zangari tying the game with an RBI double ahead of a walk to Warren and then Price's big opposite-field double.

“Jared's such a competitor,” Dozier said. “He always loves the competition, he loves to compete and he's usually better in bigger games.”

Noone threw five innings, striking out three and allowing two earned runs on seven hits for the victory. Justin McGregor pitched the final two innings for the save, allowing just one base runner.

The Titans, though, said they will take the time to enjoy this championship before looking at the prospect of a third straight title.

“No not until tomorrow morning, maybe,” Dozier joked.

That title, however, will have to come without a Price on the team for the first time in school history.

And that's OK with Price.

“I wasn't going to get picked on them by not winning one,” he said. “It's just fun to celebrate with (my brothers).”