No.1 Roff moves away from third place Fort Cobb-Broxton for a 3-peat | Sports


OKLAHOMA CITY – After four rounds, Roff Tigers’ top-ranked bid for a 3-peat appeared to be in jeopardy.

Fort Cobb-Broxton stud Jaxon Willits led the bottom of fourth with a triple and rushed home over wild ground to break a 4-4 tie and put the Mustangs third in the top 5-4 .

No problem. Well, maybe a few, but the Tigers roared and beat Fort-Cobb Broxton 8-0 in the last three innings for an outright 12-5 win in the State Class A Championship game. Saturday afternoon at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The Tigers, who also won the state championships in fall 2020 and spring 2021, finished the season at 28-6. The Tigers ended the season with an 11-game winning streak. It was also the program’s fourth fall state baseball championship.

The Mustangs finalist fell to 22-11 and had won 12 straight games going into the title game.

“They’re getting sweeter and sweeter,” Baldridge told The Ada News. “These children, they expect it. A lot of these kids go up there and they’re happy to be there. Children want and expect to win the latter.

Roff looked to be having a big inning early in the fifth inning, charging up no-strike goals when Dylan Reed got hit with a pitch and Drew Sheppard and big first baseman Beau Joplin hit some bunt singles.

However, the Tigers only managed one point on a Tallen Bagwell single RBI that tied the score at 5-5.

RHS junior Brand Wilson, who moved to Roff when his father, Kirk Wilson accepted a post of high school principal, struck the deciding blow early in the sixth inning. After Bill McCarter walked, Wilson smashed a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence for a backstabbing two-run homer. The blow gave Roff a 7-5 lead they weren’t about to give up.

“It was just a matter of getting quality poles and the kids weren’t trying to overdo it. I knew we would get ours, it was just if we could stop them from getting theirs, ”Baldridge said.

“When they took the lead you got a little depressed, but when Brand hit that bomb you could feel the momentum change. There was no going back after that. I think they started to smell blood after this bomb, ”he continued. “I’m so happy for him. It’s a tough business to move in as a junior. And he catches and plays a critical position. It was huge for him.

Roff put the game out of reach with a five-point explosion early in the seventh inning.

Bagwell started with a triple on the right field line, Easton Riddle walked and Cade Baldridge had a two RBI double that put Roff ahead 9-5.

Wilson later added an produced brace before Huneycutt finished the scoring with a two-run single.

Huneycutt paced an RHS attack of 12 hits, going 2 for 5 with a three-run treble in the third inning that gave Roff a 4-2 lead. He had five RBIs, a game-high.

“He has ramped up from the seven holes. There aren’t many seven holes that can do that. But it wasn’t his first big hit in a state tournament, ”said Danny Baldridge.

Wilson went 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs batted in and one run scored for Roff, while Cade Baldridge was 2 for 5 with two runs batted in and two runs scored from first place for the Tigers.

Bagwell went 2 for 3 with a walk, a run batted in and a run scored, while Reed finished a 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Blaine Bellamy paced Fort Cobb-Broxton at home plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and one RBI. Willits, the son of New York Yankees first baseman Reggie Willits, finished 2 on 4 and scored one point, while Blaine Davis scored two points.

Riddle took the mound victory for Roff in relief after ending Mustang’s offense in the last four innings. He struck out two, didn’t walk, and allowed five hits and no runs. Bagwell was the RHS starter. He struck out four, walked three and allowed just one earned run in three innings.

Roff made two errors in the game and Fort Cobb-Broxton was charged with three errors.

Willits and reliever Blaine Davis combined six strikeouts, six walks and four batters.

Some Class B baseball fans expected Roff to drop out after losing five notable seniors who helped the Tigers win back-to-back state championships. No one in Roff’s camp felt that way.

“The big problem for me is the old adage ‘a good pitcher beats a good shot’ and we lost five seniors who were all quality kids, but we returned all of our shots. When you have to work around this problem, your odds increase dramatically, ”said Baldridge – Roff’s first-year head coach.

“Even as an assistant it’s nerve-racking and all that, but there’s a lot more to do when you’re in that third base box,” he continued. “It was a great ride. I liked that.”


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