STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater scratched across two runs early and Carson Teel went 5 2/3 innings before relinquishing a hit to No. 3 Broken Arrow to lead the ninth-ranked Pioneers to a 3-2 win over the Tigers.
“This was a great high school baseball game between two really good teams,” SHS coach Tony Holt said. “... It was a great, well-pitched game, well-played game on both sides. We did a tremendous job in a tough situation at the end. For a great high school baseball game, we got a fitting way to end.”
In a classic showdown between Stillwater’s left-handed ace and the Tigers’ Trey Cobb, who is committed to play for Oklahoma State, the game came down to the wire with SHS saving its best play for last.
With runners on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh, Broken Arrow’s batter flew out to shallow center fielder and sent the speedy pinch runner home. Stillwater’s Nate Jolliff set up under the flyball and fired home to catcher Michael Higgins, who caught the ball and made the tag all in the same motion for the final out of the game.
“He made a great throw and I just barely on the tag on him. It was a bang-bang play with a great throw by Jolliff,” said Higgins, who looked down at his glove after the play to make sure he had the ball. “I put my hand in the glove and didn’t feel a ball because it wasn’t where it was supposed to be. So I didn’t think I had it, so I looked down and the ball was just bouncing in my glove — you could have flicked it off of there.”
The play clinched the win for Teel, who was replaced on the mound for the final batter, and made his 6 1/3 innings, six-strikeout performance hold up.