The Deer Creek Antlers scored 25 runs in their first two games of the state tournament after shutting out Claremore Friday 10-0 in the Class 5A state semifinals.
But the Antlers only needed one run Friday. That’s because Patton Collie fired a no-hitter to boost Deer Creek (26-13) into Saturday’s state championship tilt with Carl Albert at noon on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.
Collie is now 7-3 in his senior season.
Deer Creek 15, Durant 1 (Thursday)
A five-run fourth inning got the Deer Creek Antlers to pull away from Durant Thursday afternoon in a Class 5A first-round state tournament contest at Norman North High School.
Deer Creek, 25-13, which plays Friday at 1:30 in the semis at the University of Oklahoma, trounced the Lions by a formidable 15-1 count.
Knotted 1-1 in the top of the third, the winning run came when Brock Ruminer and Caleb Eldridge pounded doubles to nearly the same spot in center field just one batter apart. Ruminer scored three times, drove in a pair of runs and hit 3-for-5 in the contest while Eldridge, an Oklahoma State University signee, drove home seven runs and batted 2-for-4 which included a grand slam in a five-run seventh inning.
Antler center fielder R.J. Royal was an untarnished 1-for-1, crossed the dish three times and drew three free passes. Teammate Alex Forget hit 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of stolen bases.
Deer Creek did not commit an error to Durant’s seven. The Antlers also outhit the Lions 12-4 batting .343 (12-for-35) to Durant’s 4-for-24 (.167) off of pitchers Ricky Ramirez, Mitchell Stone and Chad Dunlop. Ramirez improved to 6-2 with the win, surrendering just one run in four innings and a pair of hits. He struck out six, but was wild by hitting three batters and giving up a trio of walks.
Stone whiffed four hitters in two innings of work.
The Lions end the season at 16-20.
In the morning contest, Guthrie trailed 4-0 but answered with eight runs of its own to double up Shawnee 8-4. The Blue Jays tallied seven runs in the fifth inning alone.