NORMAN — Guthrie sophomore Rowdy Reihs knew it was a matter of time.
Facing a four-run deficit against Shawnee, the Bluejays knew they had a rally left in them.
And rally they did.
Guthrie scored eight unanswered runs Thursday to beat Shawnee 8-4 in the Class 5A state baseball quarterfinals at Norman North’s Tull Lake Field, advancing to play Carl Albert in Friday’s semifinals at OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park.
“It was the third inning,” Reihs said. “We had so much baseball left and we have to hit anyways. We should have done it in the first inning, but whatever works.”
The Bluejays (31-8) scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth on three different Shawnee pitchers, as Reihs delivered the go-ahead, two-run single.
Reihs went 3 for 4, atoning for a dreadful state tournament appearance as a freshman.
“I think he played with a chip on his shoulder and I think some of that scenario last year was on his shoulders and he washed it off,” Guthire coach Jon Chappell said.
Reed Roberts threw all seven innings with his lone hiccup coming on a four-run third inning. That would be the only real damage Shawnee (31-6) would do as Roberts allowed just two more hits the rest of the way to win his ninth straight start.
CARL ALBERT 10, PRYOR 4
Even after winning the past two state championships in the class, Carl Albert still had to deal with jitters to open against Pryor.
Once the Titans scored the first run, the nerves disappeared.
They scored 10 runs in the middle three innings to rout Pryor, while flexing their muscles as the team to beat.
“We were a little tight, but once we calmed down and got that first run, then we knew it was game-on,” said Gavin LaValley, an OU signee.
LaValley put an exclamation point on the win, crushing a three-run homer to left in the fifth off Conley Ledoux. It was his 19th homer of the year.
“He put it on a tee for me,” LaValley said. I’ve got to thank him.”
Justin McGregor, who threw six innings for the win, also drove in two. Cameron Warren added three RBIs.
DEER CREEK 15, DURANT 1
Caleb Eldridge continued his late-season tear, hitting a grand slam and driving in seven runs as Deer Creek rolled to the semifinals.
The Antlers (25-13) pounded out 14 hits on five different pitchers and got four strong innings from starter Ricky Ramirez.
Eldridge’s grand slam came in the seventh, a first-pitch shot to right field off Brody Morgan. It was the Oklahoma State signee’s 10th homer in 15 games.
Brock Ruminer drove in two runs, while Chad Dunlop drove in three.
CLAREMORE 10, MCGUINNESS 4
Bryce Howe did a little bit of everything for Claremore.
He opened the Zebras’ scoring with an RBI single in the first, later added four more RBIs on singles late in the game and closed out the game on the mound as Claremore rolled past McGuinness.
McGuinness senior Brian Canfield, who will pitch at Newman next year, pitched the entire game, suffering his first loss of the season. He drove in a run and scored once.
The Irish (25-13) had a chance to at least tie the game in the sixth with the bases loaded and no outs facing Howe, but he got a 1-2-3 double play and strikeout to end the threat for Claremore (27-9).