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Little All-City Baseball Player of the Year: Tuttle's Connor Litterell benefits with position change early in high school

The Tigers won the state championship game, 4-3, for their first title since 2009, and Connor Litterell was the key on the mound then and all season, earning The Oklahoman Little All-City Player of the Year honors.
by Jacob Unruh Published: June 13, 2014
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photo - Connor Litterell, Tuttle High School baseball player, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Connor Litterell, Tuttle High School baseball player, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

— As Connor Litterell walked off the mound with Tuttle clinging to a one-run lead late in the Class 4A championship, he had a strong message for Tigers coach Travis Owen.

“Coach, we got it,” Litterell told Owen.

It was a bold statement against Dewey with Oklahoma State signee Carson LaRue on the mound, but it was a glimpse of the confidence Litterell possessed this season as a catcher turned pitcher.

The Tigers won the game, 4-3, for their first title since 2009, and Litterell was the key on the mound then and all season, earning The Oklahoman Little All-City Player of the Year honors.

“He’s just that confident of a kid,” Owen said. “He threw harder on Saturday than he has the rest of the year.

“On the mound, he’s a different kid. He has a different mode.”

Litterell almost ended up anywhere but the mound, and if he had things might have turned out differently for both him and his teammates.

Growing up a catcher, Litterell struggled when put on the mound. His mechanics were off, resulting in too many pitches out of the strike zone along with arm fatigue and soreness.

“When I was younger, I would just try to get up there and throw it as hard as I could,” Litterell said.

But suddenly as an eighth grader he started to find success.

He still had arm soreness from sometimes playing both catcher and pitcher in games — until he found a permanent home away from the mound at shortstop his sophomore year.

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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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