State Tournament Players to Watch
Red Oak Wins Class A Baseball State Championship
Red Oak’s Brex Caldwell and Tanner King talk about winning the Class A baseball state championship.
James D. Jackson, Oklahoma
The Oklahoma High School Baseball State Tournaments begin Thursday at five sites across the state. Here are some scenarios and players to watch out for:
Can Silo be beaten?
The last time Silo lost was on March 27, 2021. Since then, Silo has won 55 consecutive matches. The Rebels’ pitching and defense was a big reason why. This season, Silo has conceded an average of just 1.5 points per game. The pitching staff has 12 shutouts in 27 games this season. Carter Parker and Charlie Gardner combined to pitch a four inning no-hitter against Warner in regionals on Friday.
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After: Red Oak wins Class A, Roff takes Class B in State Baseball Championship
Which returning champion will win again?
Jenks, Carl Albert, Heritage Hall and Silo return to the state tournament this year after winning it all last season. Carl Albert’s first-year coach Ryan Whiteley will lead the Titans this year following the retirement of Tim LaValley.
Jenks won in spectacular fashion last year, scoring five runs in the final two innings to earn a bonus. And Jenks has one of the most explosive offenses this season, averaging nearly seven points per game. Jenks has 10 games with 10 or more runs and hopes that could lead to another title.
Down a class and dangerous
Heritage Hall (Class 3A) and Pryor (Class 4A) moved to new classes this season. Heritage Hall won the Class 4A title and took over Class 3A with 30 wins in 34 games. Austin Lemon, Tyler Offel and Nick Keith have been a big help for the Chargers. Lemon was the leader, batting .600 with 39 RBIs and five homers.
Pryor has consistently played deep in the Class 5A tournament, even winning the title in 2019. This will be the Tigers’ fifth straight state tournament appearance and eighth time in nine years. With Brunk Gray, Si Collins and Josh Gore playing in Class 4A, Pryor sported a 29-12 record.
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Depiction of Edmond
Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Deer Creek and Oklahoma Christian School all punched state tournament tickets. Parker Coil and Owen Tracy were Edmond Memorial’s best players. Jace White and pitcher Logan Lunceford led Edmond Santa Fe’s run. Duncan Key and Brett McComas run Deer Creek while Gage Gilchrist and Corbin Kwan run Oklahoma Christian School.
Players to watch
Brennan Phillips, Sr., Owasso: The Oklahoma State signee is one of the best pitchers in the country. The southpaw recently competed for the US 18U National Team and he led Owasso to a 30-8 record.
Colin Fisher, Sr., Noble: Fisher has a .404 batting average, four home runs and 30 RBIs. He’s also 9-1 with 126 strikeouts on the mound.
Cole Riggs, Sr., Piedmont: Riggs is batting .466 with 22 RBIs and 38 stolen bases.
Alex Conover, Jr., Tuttle: Conover was terrific at home plate and on the mound. The right-hander is 7-1 with two saves and a 1.75 ERA in 44 innings pitched. At plate, he batted .475 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs.
Jaxon Gless, father, Blanchard: Oklahoma’s commitment helped Blanchard to a 32-5 record.
Camden Bates, Washingtonn: Bates is batting .389 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs.
RJ Morris, So., Bethel: Morris has been productive alongside Bryce Tapley. Morris bats .422 with 13 RBIs, while Tapley hits .402 with a home run and 21 RBIs.
Joey Wilson, father, Cashion: Wilson has thrown two no-hitters this season.
Dale qualified for the Spring State Tournament for the 38th time overall and the 29th in a row this season.
James D. Jackson covers high school sports in Metro and Oklahoma City State. Do you have a story idea for James? He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JamesDJackson15. Support James’ work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com or using the link at the top of this page.
Last year’s champions
Class 6A: jenk
Class 5A: Carl Albert
Class 4A: Heritage Room
Class 3A: Tulsa Holland Room
Class 2A: Silos