EDMOND — Tracy Brown, Trevor Phillips and Brenton Berryhill got to go to their high-school graduation Saturday morning. It wasn’t what they preferred to be doing though.
Fans said the three Boswell baseball seniors on the team, along with the senior girls who came to support their Scorpions in the State quarterfinals Friday night, were prepared to miss the ceremony to receive their diplomas. They were right where they wanted to be.
Unfortunately, Boswell was eliminated by the No. 1 Red Oak Eagles 12-1 in five innings.
The Scorpions couldn’t execute or really get their offense going.
With the help of two walks in the first inning, they had bases loaded. But all three were left stranded.
Their lone score came in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Blake Shults started with a walk and was advanced on a bunt by Phillips. After a Berryhill strikeout, leadoff Blaine Brown ripped an RBI single up the middle. He went to second on a passed ball, but that was as far as he could get. The inning ended a Caleb Brown strikeout.
Red Oak put five across the plate in the third, two in the fourth and five more in the fifth.
The Eagles turned in 10 hits on the night to Boswell’s three. The Eagles committed no errors; the Scorpions were credited with two.
Boswell’s offense came from Blaine Brown with the RBI single and a walk. Caleb Brown and Cameron Roberts finished with a single apiece. Dusty Belvin and Shults each drew a walk.
Boswell used three pitchers in the game. Cameron Roberts started on the mound. He struck out two, walked three, hit one and allowed six hits in three and two-thirds innings.
Blaine Brown walked one, hit one and allowed four hits in an inning of work. Caleb Brown threw for one-third inning, striking out one and walking two.
“I’m proud of them anyway,” coach Alan Cartwright said after the game. “We had to get four wins in Regionals and played a tough Fort Cobb-Broxton team. The kids played their tails off. They earned their trip here. It just didn’t work out today.”
Looking ahead, Cartwright said he has a “good nucleus.” But, with only two reserves in Ben Dill and Garrett Stephens, he hopes to get some help from the incoming freshmen.
Well, the 2013-14 Scorpions — with their grit and fight, their “get-it-up” dugout and sideline — were an enjoyable bunch to watch.
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