Class B state baseball: Bryce Deatherage pitches seven strong innings to lead Red Oak to title

Bryce Deatherage punctuated his return in a big way Saturday, pitching seven strong innings to help the Eagles to their third consecutive Class B spring championship with a 7-2 win over Asher.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 4, 2013

Fazekas finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs.

Crose started Red Oak's two-out rally in the seventh with a hard single of his own. The Eagles wound up adding three in the inning to give Deatherage some insurance heading into his last inning.

“We've just got a bunch of gutsy kids that just find a way to win,” Eagles coach Trey Booth said. “If you take them man-by-man, we're probably not the best team around but when you put them all together, it's just a special group. They really, really get after it and put in the work.”

For the seniors, the win was the fourth title overall. Red Oak also won the 2010 fall title.

“This is my last one, so it's the most special,” said Fazekas, who will pitch at Seminole State.

After needing nine innings to get past Olustee 2-1 in Friday's opening round, Red Oak took advantage of its opposition's mistakes in both games Saturday to take the title.

The Eagles beat Lookeba-Sickles 9-4 in the semifinals just before playing Asher and getting the sterling performance out of Deatherage, who allowed five hits and no earned runs.

“I just fed off the confidence that coach had in me,” Deatherage said.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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