EDMOND — Gavin LaValley has done plenty of good things on the mound — and at the plate — for Carl Albert this season.
Titans coach Wayne Dozier said the performance he put together Friday may be his best of the season.
LaValley threw a complete game and hit a first-inning opposite-field home run to help Carl Albert advance to the Class 5A title game with an 8-2 win over Noble at Edmond Santa Fe.
“I was getting ahead in the count and was able to use different pitches to keep them off-balance because of that,” LaValley said.
Carl Albert (34-3) will play Claremore at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the title.
The Titans beat Claremore 6-2 in last season's championship game. Carl Albert will start Chevin Noone against the Zebras. Noone started and picked up the win in last season's meeting.
“Chevin's been our most consistent pitcher this year,” Dozier said. “He was the guy we sent out for our road district games. And we've still got our closer and a couple of our long guys that haven't thrown at all.”
LaValley got things started at the plate with his 20th home run of the season in the first inning to put Carl Albert up 2-0.
“This year, I've concentrated a lot more on that,” LaValley said of going the other way. “If they come in, I'll still take it to left but I've been working a lot on going with the pitch.”
The Titans wound up scoring four in the first.