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Oklahoman Modified: March 24, 2009 at 4:38 am •  Published: March 24, 2009
James wins duel
Next season, Putnam City’s Andrew Heaney and Yukon’s Chad James will be baseball teammates at Oklahoma State.

Monday, though, the two went head-to-head with James and Yukon coming out on top 4-0 on a blustery afternoon at Putnam City.

The left-handers combined for 21 strikeouts, with James striking out 11.

"My curveball was really working well tonight,” James said. "At first, I was letting myself fall forward, and I got that corrected.”

Just one of Yukon’s runs against Heaney was earned. The Millers twice took advantage of Putnam City errors.

James’ only real trouble came in the third inning, when the Pirates loaded the bases with two outs before James got a ground ball to end the threat. Putnam City had just one baserunner after that.

Oklahoma signee Ryan Gibson’s two-run, wind-aided home run following a two-out error put Yukon ahead 2-0 in the first inning.

Gibson finished 2-for-4, adding a fourth-inning double that led to another Yukon run.

The teams meet again today, this time at Yukon, with Gibson pitching for the Millers.

Only two Oklahomans earned spots as released its initial top 100 high school football players in the nation for the Class of 2010.

Tulsa Central athlete Demarco Cobbs is the top-ranking in-state recruit. Cobbs, who has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, USC, Texas, Florida and others, is ranked No. 32.

Recent Oklahoma oral commit Bronson Irwin of Mustang is ranked No. 85. The lineman chose the Sooners over Oklahoma State, Alabama, Florida, Oregon and others.