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Class B state baseball: Asher begins anniversary weekend with win over Dover

The Indians hope to celebrate 50th anniversary of first state title with No. 47.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Published: May 3, 2013

Asher baseball seeks a happy anniversary.

And a golden anniversary at that, with May 4, 1963, the date of the program's first state championship.

The Indians have since won 46 baseball titles — spring and fall combined — yet none after 1995.

This year, however, has long been billed as special, with T-shirts printed and an alumni function drawing more than 200 former players back to Asher.

And they still carry hope of finishing special, after beating Dover 8-1 Friday in an opener at the Class B State Tournament, setting up a shot at a memorable 50th anniversary Saturday. That's when Asher faces Sentinel in one semifinal, with the championship game concluding the day at Edmond Memorial.

“I've been preaching to my team about the 50th anniversary,” said Indians center fielder Zach Fowler, who led Friday's rout with a big day at the plate. “Playing baseball at Asher, it's wonderful just to be a part of the tradition.

“Walking down the hall, seeing all the trophies, it gives me goose bumps.”

Asher's tradition is also in Fowler's blood. He and his brother and teammate Hunter are the sons of pitching coach Darrin Fowler, who played on Asher state title teams in the 1980s. Zach provided a retro look against Dover, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two triples, a double and a walk, scoring three runs and driving in two.

“The genetics and DNA is in him,” said Asher head coach Shane Coker, “he just has to go out and play.”

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