STILLWATER, Okla. —
“He really got after it on the mound and was really hitting his spots all day,” Higgins said of Teel’s performance. “He wanted it so bad and he was just so awesome tonight.”
The Pioneers put the pressure on the top 3 team in 6A early with runs in the second and third innings.
Will Pendleton reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and moved around to third on a passed ball and grounder by Gage Hines. With two outs in the inning, Tyler Burnett ripped a line drive through the right side of the infield to plate Pendleton.
The Pioneers scored another run in the third thanks to a leadoff single by Harrison Cornforth. After back-to-back successful sacrifice bunts by Carson Teel and Nate Jolliff, Cornforth was brought home on a single through the left side of the infield by Jon Littell.
Teel was rolling along, with no hits and only one runner — a hit batsman — through the first five innings.
Things got a little shaky in the sixth, however.
Cornforth caught a line drive to his right that looked destined to found the outfield, but two batters later a chopper back up the middle bounced just over a leaping Teel — which gave more than enough time for Broken Arrow’s speedy leadoff hitter to reach safely on an infield single to end the bid for a no-hitter.
“I wanted it so bad. When I found out I had it in about the third or fourth inning, I went out there in the sixth and the ball that went up the middle just over my head I was thinking, ‘Please somebody make a play,’” Teel said. “But it didn’t happen. I just had to deal with it and move on and luckily we got out of the inning giving up just one run.”