State baseball tournament: Players to watch

by Jacob Unruh Published: May 14, 2014
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photo - Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley pitches during the 2013 Class 5A state tournament. LaValley hit .477 with 75 RBIs last year.
                  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Archives
Carl Albert's Gavin LaValley pitches during the 2013 Class 5A state tournament. LaValley hit .477 with 75 RBIs last year. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Archives

Brandon Clay, Bethany: Clay leads the upstart Bronchos with 10 homers and 48 RBIs and is fresh off hitting two homers and driving in eight runs during their regional victories over Weatherford.

Carson James, Putnam North: James was huge in the Panthers’ two wins last week in regionals against Yukon, driving in five runs in the decisive game to pull off the major upset.

Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert: Arguably the best hitter in the state, the Oklahoma signee is hitting .538 with 18 homers and 71 RBIs for the two-time defending Class 5A champion.

Lauren Laws, Jones: The senior first baseman caught fire in regionals, going 8 for 11 and driving in seven runs.

Jon Littell, Stillwater: The Oklahoma State signee is the top outfielder in the state, hitting .452 with five homers and 36 RBIs, and is likely to hear his named called in June’s MLB draft.

Connor Litterell, Tuttle: Litterell leads the top-ranked Tigers with nine homers and 30 RBIs, but he’s even more impressive on the mound with a 7-3 mark and 1.66 earned-run average.

Reed Roberts, Guthrie: After playing quarterback for the Bluejays’ title-winning football team, Roberts has quietly put together a great season with 14 homers and 61 RBIs. The Harding signee is also 11-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

Kyle Tyler, Westmoore: The junior right-hander who has verbally committed to OU has been great this season, posting an 8-1 record with a sub-2.00 ERA.

Jace Wilkins, Dale: The Pirates’ ace has plenty of experience in the state tournament, pitching them to the championship game last season with a one-hitter in the semifinals. He has signed with Connors State.

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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