NORMAN — Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris called Carson Teel the Pioneers’ best all-around player Friday night.
For good reason, too, as the senior left-hander carried Stillwater to a 3-2 walk-off victory in the eighth inning over Jenks to advance to the Class 6A state championship game at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
“He’s been that way all year long,” Harris said about the Oklahoma State preferred walk-on. “He’s our pitcher; he’s one of our best hitters, one of our best outfielders. He’s a stud, and he was big today.”
Stillwater will play Tulsa Kelley for its first title since 1957 Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Teel scored the winning run when junior first baseman Will Fowler drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs on a 3-0 pitch from Jenks’ Bryce Ward, a Kansas State signee.
That capped a wild finish and set off an eruption of celebration among the Stillwater players and coaches, but also a firestorm from Jenks as Ward was visibly upset and had to be restrained from home plate umpire Darin Foster alongside other players and coaches.
“It was wild,” Fowler said. “My goodness, it was just wild.”
Teel opened the inning with a single — his third hit of the day — and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by T.J. Black. Jenks intentionally walked OSU signee Jon Littell before getting Brooks Zimmerman to pop out. Ward then intentionally walked Michael Higgins to load the bases before falling behind 3-0 to Fowler.
The next pitch was just out of the zone.
“It was questionable,” Teel said. “I liked ball four right there.”
Teel also threw all eight innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits. He walked just one and struck out five, but also had to work his way around some jams.
Jenks’ Matthias Johnson opened the eighth with a double, but was stranded at third when Zimmerman made a fantastic diving catch on a line drive to end the inning.