By Buck Ringgold
In a slug-fest to open Thursday's Class 6A quarterfinal round, it all came down to a bunt.
That was executed by Miles Lock, who successfully squeezed home pinch runner Grady Adamson in the bottom of the seventh as Edmond Deer Creek outlasted defending 6A champion Jenks, 14-13.
The Antlers overcame an 11-6 deficit in the third by scoring seven straight runs, including three in the bottom of the sixth to take a 13-11 lead. Jenks came right back to score two in the top of the seventh before Deer Creek pulled things out with Lock's squeeze, as Adamson beat the throw at home plate.
Ashton Hartwig was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Brett McComas went 3-for-5 for the Antlers. Duncan Key and Brady Hamilton each had two-hit games, with Key driving in four runs and Hamilton hitting a home run and picking up two RBIs.
For Jenks, Tanner Primeaux went 2-for-3 and drove in five runs, including a home run. Chandler Fowler had two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored as well.
Deer Creek will play Owasso in the 6A semifinals at 11 a.m. Friday at Norman North.
Owasso 8, Edmond Memorial 7
The Rams held off a late rally from the Bulldogs, who nearly erased an 8-4 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. But Owasso pitcher Brennan Phillips got the final out to finish off a complete game.
Branden Floyd hit a pair of homers; a three-run blast in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh that gave the Rams an 8-4 lead. Noah Smallwood also went 5-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Phillips allowed three earned runs on 10 hits. He recorded 11 strikeouts.
Westmoore 9, Bixby 8
The Jaguars built a 5-2 lead in the third inning on two-RBI hits from Tanner Fallwell and Christian Loera. Westmoore then went up by four, 9-5, after a three-run sixth before holding off a late Spartan rally, with Taylon Laxson registering a game-ending strikeout.
Despite the loss, Bixby's Barrick Leu hit two homers and drove in four runs.
Westmoore will face Edmond Santa Fe in a 6A semifinal Friday at Norman North.
Edmond Santa Fe 3, Enid 1
A two-run homer to left center in the second by Blake Seefeldt proved to be the difference as the Wolves moved on in the 6A state tournament.
Up 2-1, Edmond Santa Fe picked up an insurance run in the sixth courtesy of an RBI from Carson Brumbaugh.
Piedmont 6, McAlester 5
The Wildcats trailed 4-3 before scoring three runs in the top of the sixth before holding off a late rally from the Buffaloes.
Piedmont moves on to face Sapulpa in Friday's semifinals being held at Edmond Santa Fe.
The Wildcats took advantage of a pair of McAlester errors in their pivotal three-run sixth. McAlester cut it to a run in the bottom of the seventh on a base hit from Gage Dollins, but Piedmont pitcher Caleb Lunnon finished off the complete-game win.
Lunnon struck out nine batters in his performance.
Sapulpa 12, Noble 7
A strong game at the plate from Kaiden Ashton enabled the Chieftains to move on in the 5A tournament.
Ashton went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth. Sapulpa also got a 3-for-4 performance from Joe Young, while Alejandro Diaz doubled, tripled and drove in four runs.
Collinsville 17, Midwest City Carl Albert 11
The Cardinals fell behind 5-0 in the first inning before turning Thursday's 5A quarterfinal completely around. They scored 15 of the next 17 runs to go ahead, 15-7, in the fifth.
Landon Bunch and Braden Keith each had three hits to lead the Cardinals' charge. Bunch also turned in a stellar relief performance after the Titans' early uprising.
Collinsville will face Duncan in Friday's 5A semifinals at Edmond Santa Fe.
Duncan 2, Bishop Kelley 0
In an epic pitcher's duel, the Demons' Brance Garrett got the better of the Comets' Andrew Talburt.
Garrett took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and ended up allowing two hits while striking out 13. He got all the support he needed in the first inning on Chago Barham's RBI double, and Duncan added another run in the third on an error.
Talburt also gave up two hits and struck out 12.
Kingston 2, Oklahoma Christian School 0
In an outstanding pitcher's duel, Grant Holmes did enough for Kingston to move on to the 3A semifinals.
Holmes gave up just two hits in going the distance, striking out nine. He also went 2-for-3 and scored a first-inning run on Rhett Coble's RBI single.
Kingston added an insurance run in the sixth on a solo homer from Tucker Rumer.
The Redskins move on to the 3A semifinals Friday in Choctaw, where they will take on Keys.
Keys 16, Bethel 8
The Cougars got tremendous production up and down the lineup in their 3A quarterfinal win Thursday at Choctaw.
Three players - Conner Lee, Nate Edens and Bruce Miller - each drove in three runs. Reed Trimble had a pair of RBIs as well.
Miller was the winning pitcher, going 5 1/3 innings. He gained plenty of run support, especially after Keys scored half of its runs in the fourth inning.
Washington 15, Victory Christian 5
A seven-run first inning set the tone on how things would transpire in the Warriors' favor in Thursday's 3A quarterfinal.
Washington went on to post the five-inning run rule win.
Camden Bates led the Warriors' offense by going 4-for-4. Meanwhile, pitcher Marlon Moore kept the Conqueror bats at bay, giving up only four hits in a complete-game performance.
The Warriors move on to face Salina in Friday's 3A semifinals at Choctaw.
Salina 5, Heritage Hall 2
A strong pitching performance from Treyton Bailey enabled the Wildcats to take down last season's 4A state champion in Heritage Hall.
Bailey went six strong innings and gave up six hits. He also struck out seven. Conner Johnson came on in the seventh and picked up the save.
Salina led the entire game, scoring three first-inning runs and building a 5-0 lead in the third.
Silo 5, Calera 0
With Thursday's 2A quarterfinal win, the Rebels extended one streak and are in position to extend another.
Silo has now won 56 consecutive ballgames, and with a win in Friday's 2A semifinals, the Rebels will advance to play in their 10th consecutive spring state championship game. The Rebels will play Cashion Friday at Oklahoma City's Dolese Park.
Kyler Proctor got things started Thursday by swatting a leadoff home run. Silo extended its lead to 4-0 in the second and capped the scoring in the fifth on Josh Trout's solo homer.
Carter Parker tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 14.
Cashion 15, Amber-Pocasset 6
The Wildcats broke a 6-all score with nine runs in the sixth inning. A big hit was provided by freshman Carson Gump, who hit an RBI double. He ended up with two hits and three RBIs.
Cooper Frazee was the winning pitcher, striking out six. Ben Harman came on in relief and got the save, and he registered four strikeouts as well.
Also for Cashion, Gavin Phippen went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and Landon Lagasse homered and scored three runs.
Dale 4, Morrison 2
The Pirates scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the second, highlighted by a two-run double from Tate Rector.
Dale then had to hang on after Morrison made things interesting by scoring twice in the top of the sixth.
That's when Rector was summoned in to pitch. He was able to nail down the save, giving up one hit over the final 1 2/3 innings as the Pirates move on.
Dale will face Oktaha in the second 2A semifinal Friday at Dolese Park.
Oktaha 9, Latta 3
The Tigers trailed early, but eventual winning pitcher Maddox Edwards helped his own cause.
Edwards' two-run single in the fourth gave Oktaha the lead for good. He went on to record the complete-game win, allowing nine hits and striking out six.
Oktaha broke the game open with four runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Latta took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a two-run homer from Hunter Price.