Class A baseball: Austin Green shakes off arm soreness to lead Binger-Oney to state championship

The senior delivered a dominant eight-inning performance on the mound despite severe arm soreness to help the Bobcats win their first spring baseball championship since 1992 with a 4-3 victory over No. 1 Roff at Palmer Field at Dolese Park.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 10, 2014
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photo - Binger-Oney's Cord Coffey celebrates with the rest of the team after scoring the winning run against Roff in the Class A state baseball championship at Dolese Park in Warr Acres, Okla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Binger-Oney's Cord Coffey celebrates with the rest of the team after scoring the winning run against Roff in the Class A state baseball championship at Dolese Park in Warr Acres, Okla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

— Binger-Oney coach Reggie Willits believes Austin Green has a sixth tool on the baseball field.

Heart.

The senior certainly showed that Saturday, delivering a dominant eight-inning performance on the mound despite severe arm soreness to help the Bobcats win their first spring baseball championship since 1992 with a 4-3 victory over No. 1 Roff at Palmer Field at Dolese Park.

“There’s just not very many like him,” Willits said. “If you put a radar gun on him on the mound, he ain’t going to blow your doors off. He may not run as fast as everybody and throw as hard as everybody and hit the ball as far as everybody, but I tell you what, there’s not a kid in Class B-6A that’s got half the guts he does.”

After going more than 20 years without winning a baseball title of any sort, the third-ranked Bobcats now have Class A titles in the fall and spring this school year.

And much like Friday’s semifinal victory over Rattan, the Bobcats (27-10) prevailed behind some final-inning magic.

Cord Coffey singled with one out in the eighth and then scored when catcher Colby Sweeney beat out a slow roller to Roff shortstop Mike Anderson with a headfirst slide with two outs to win the game.

“That time I just had to give it all I had and I was just feeling the slide,” Sweeney said.

It was a play many feel rarely benefits the runner, but this time it did just that.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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