EDMOND — Red Oak junior pitcher Dylan Fazekas called his outing Thursday “the worst game I've pitched in a long time.” He must have pretty exacting standards.
Fazekas threw a complete-game four-hitter and struck out seven as Red Oak began defense of its Class B baseball title with a 4-3 first-round state tournament win over Coleman at the Edmond Memorial stadium.
Red Oak (25-8) will face Arnett in one semifinal Friday at Palmer Field in Oklahoma City. The other semifinal will pit Tupelo against Asher.
Red Oak lost eight seniors from last year's championship squad, giving the Eagles a new look, coach Trey Booth said. Instead of pounding other teams into submission offensively, they often play station-to-station baseball, which is how they built a 4-1 lead after the top of the sixth inning.
Coleman (22-6) picked up two runs in the bottom of the sixth on only one hit, taking advantage of a key Red Oak error. But with the potential tying run on third base, Fazekas coaxed a ground ball from Nevada Boley for the final out.
In the seventh, the Wildcats got their leadoff batter, Colton Stephens, on base, but when Cannon Sharp tried to bunt him over, Fazekas fielded the ball and started a double play that effectively ended the threat.
Fazekas (6-1) struck out seven and walked four, never allowing anything more than a single. Coleman starter Heath Evans (10-1) also went the distance, allowing seven hits.
“I guess I was lucky,” Fazekas said. “I couldn't throw my curve for a strike.”
Tupelo 4, Moss 2
Brandon Maggia hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, Trey Roberson followed with a run-scoring double and Tupelo (21-7) held off Moss (24-5).
Tupelo starter Matt Benedict (7-3) struck out 12 and outdueled Moss' Tanner Andrews (8-3), who had eight strikeouts. Benedict retired the last eight Moss batters and also went 2-for-3, including a bloop single during the Tigers' seventh-inning rally.