WARR ACRES — Red Oak senior Bryce Deatherage has seen the Eagles’ rivalry with Asher bud into a near war.
Saturday was perhaps the culmination of that, too.
In a game highlighted by wild scoring plays, an ejection, ducks being chased from the field and fans nearly coming to blows, top-ranked Red Oak got the last laugh with a 5-1 victory to win its fourth straight Class B title at Palmer Field at Dolese Park.
“That one was one of the worst and probably most dramatic,” Deatherage said. “It’s a great rivalry and a great team, so it’s fun.
“They are a great ballclub and greatly coached. It’s a great matchup in the finals and that’s who you want to play in the finals, so it’s fun.”
The Eagles have beaten Asher the past three years in the spring title game and now have eight titles combined in the fall and spring seasons since 2004.
This time, things got crazy before senior left-hander Tyler Parks restored order for Red Oak (31-4).
He struck out 12 over seven innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He struck out eight of the final 12 batters he faced following a double by Tanner Andrews to open the fourth.
“Tyler today was really, really good,” Red Oak coach Trey Booth said. “He’s good all the time, but you put him in that situation and it seems like he wants to rise to the occasion. I knew if we could get to that game and have him fresh, we’d have a shot.”
The Eastern Oklahoma State College signee’s lone blemish came in the fourth when Andrews scored on a balk. Parks then shut the door on Asher (24-8).
“I thought I just had to get first strikes and keep hitters off balance,” he said. “It worked.”
Red Oak took a 2-0 lead in the third on Dewayne Grogan’s two-run single, and that would be all it would need.
The Eagles didn’t stop there, as they added another run in the fourth and scored two more in the fifth on a balk by Andrews and a successful double steal in which Dillon Morris stole home.
That was the play that resulted in Asher coach Shane Coker being ejected after he felt Morris was out at home. Not too long after, security was called as fans nearly fought in the stands.
It was just another night in the crazy rivalry between the storied programs.
“We have great respect for Asher and their tradition,” Booth said. “Coach Coker and me are like brothers, but you get in a game of this magnitude and tensions get high and things happen. I thought their kids scuffled a little bit and our kids really, really showed some poise and got some clutch hits and grinded out at-bats.”