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.”
On the mound, Fazekas struggled from the first pitch. He walked 10, hit one batter and allowed seven runs on seven hits.
“Fazekas did not have near his best stuff, but it says something about a kid that doesn't have his best stuff that he can battle through and still get you a win,” Red Oak coach Trey Booth said.
Leedey tried to rally, scoring three runs in the fifth to make it 7-5, but Red Oak answered with four runs.
MLB prospect Drew Ward went 1 for 2 with a double, two runs and three intentional walks for Leedey.
Asher 5, Sentinel 4
Cory Holman's walk-off single in the seventh lifted No. 2 Asher back the championship game.
Trailing 4-3 in the final inning, the Indians scored two runs on David Martinez.
Caleb Dubler led off the inning with a single and came around to score on the two-out single, which came after Sentinel turned a 5-2-3 double play with the bases loaded.