Class B state baseball: Red Oak gets another victory over Asher

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.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 10, 2014
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— 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.”

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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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