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Class 5A state baseball: Guthrie rallies to beat Shawnee

Guthrie scored eight unanswered runs Thursday to beat Shawnee 8-4 in the Class 5A state baseball quarterfinals at Norman North’s Tull Lake Field, advancing to play Carl Albert in Friday’s semifinals at OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 15, 2014
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NORMAN — Guthrie sophomore Rowdy Reihs knew it was a matter of time.

Facing a four-run deficit against Shawnee, the Bluejays knew they had a rally left in them.

And rally they did.

Guthrie scored eight unanswered runs Thursday to beat Shawnee 8-4 in the Class 5A state baseball quarterfinals at Norman North’s Tull Lake Field, advancing to play Carl Albert in Friday’s semifinals at OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park.

“It was the third inning,” Reihs said. “We had so much baseball left and we have to hit anyways. We should have done it in the first inning, but whatever works.”

The Bluejays (31-8) scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth on three different Shawnee pitchers, as Reihs delivered the go-ahead, two-run single.

Reihs went 3 for 4, atoning for a dreadful state tournament appearance as a freshman.

“I think he played with a chip on his shoulder and I think some of that scenario last year was on his shoulders and he washed it off,” Guthire coach Jon Chappell said.

Reed Roberts threw all seven innings with his lone hiccup coming on a four-run third inning. That would be the only real damage Shawnee (31-6) would do as Roberts allowed just two more hits the rest of the way to win his ninth straight start.

CARL ALBERT 10, PRYOR 4

Even after winning the past two state championships in the class, Carl Albert still had to deal with jitters to open against Pryor.

Once the Titans scored the first run, the nerves disappeared.

They scored 10 runs in the middle three innings to rout Pryor, while flexing their muscles as the team to beat.

“We were a little tight, but once we calmed down and got that first run, then we knew it was game-on,” said Gavin LaValley, an OU signee.

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