EDMOND — Red Oak senior Dylan Fazekas had to just grind his way through.
After receiving a cortisone shot Tuesday to alleviate the pain in his shoulder, the right-hander somehow threw seven innings to lift the top-ranked Eagles past No. 8 Leedey 11-7 at Edmond Memorial in the Class B state baseball semifinals.
Red Oak and Asher play at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Red Oak and Asher have combined for 23 fall championships, 21 of which belong to Asher.
“It was a tough grind,” said Fazekas, who hadn't thrown since injuring his shoulder in districts. “They hit me really well. I left balls over the plate, I didn't hit spots, couldn't throw strikes, I walked too many guys. It was just a bad day.”
But it wasn't entirely a bad day.
Fazekas went 2 for 3 at the plate, with his three-run double in the second capping a seven-run outburst. He later drove in a run with a single during the Eagles' four-run fifth.
“Going into this, our saying since districts started was ‘Flip a single,' Fazekas said. “It just basically boils down to just literally just flip a single and if we can get five, six people to flip a single we could have two or three runs.”