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Class 5A state baseball: Gavin LaValley leads Carl Albert to win

Gavin 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.
by Ryan Aber Modified: May 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm •  Published: May 10, 2013

Stevie Thompson was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a pair of runs. Noone and Corey Zangari had two hits each for the Titans.

Thompson, LaValley and Noone — along with plenty of other Titans players — played a big part in Carl Albert's run to the 5A football title last fall.

“There's just an expectation in our school to succeed,” Dozier said. “And it's not just in athletics. These kids feed off each other. When they see that success, it spreads to the rest of the kids.”

Noble's season ends 32-5.

The Bears figure to be in good position next season, returning all but one player from the team that put Noble back into the state tournament for the first time since 1996.

Freshman Casey Harris and sophomore Trevor Lester had two hits each for the Bears. Harris had a pair of doubles and scored both Noble runs.

Claremore 18, Coweta 0

The Zebras left no doubt, scoring seven in the first and six more in the second to blow the game open.

It was the largest margin of victory in a state tournament game since Dover beat Arnett in the Class B first round in 2007.

Claremore led 5-0 after five batters, as Bryce Howe delivered a two-run single, followed by Isaac Hollihan's two-run home run.

T.J. Wood had two singles in the inning. Leadoff hitter Matt Whatley had a two-run single in the inning after starting it with a walk.