High school baseball rarely gets more exciting than it was on Thursday between Dewey and Oklahoma Union.
With the final inning approaching, Dewey Doggers took a 6-4 lead, appearing on the verge of ending his twelfth win.
But, the stylized final frame – which saw the teams come together for 10 runs – turned a lot of knuckles white and turned a lot of heartbeats into a bongo drum frenzy.
Dewey pounded five runs into the top of seventh to extend his lead to 11-4 and signal the fat lady to warm up her voice.
But, the big girl had to wait in the wings for a while – the Oklahoma League almost completed a miraculous comeback.
The Cougars scored five runs at the bottom of seventh and the bases were loaded – with the potential to win at the start.
But, Dewey got close to Bryce Seckler and then closed the door to seal the Dougters’ 11-9 victory.
Dewey unleashed a tsunami that struck 15 strangulations.
Colin Friend shredded a triple and a double and went 3 for 5 with a four of the RBI.
Brayden Ford added triple, one and two RBI.
Tate Lewis, Logan Alspach, Jacob Mouser, J. Vanatta and Trenton Muninger contributed to RBI.
Other major contributors include Zane Griggs and Cole Hancock with a stolen base each and Hunter Catlin by being hit by a pitch.
Griggs gave his maximum (5.2 runs) to Dewey and only allowed two hits and one run (three unearned). He also walked six and hit 12.
Ford and Sickler both threw two-thirds of the game in relief.
For the Oklahoma League, Levi Hicks hit two strokes and led in two; Baylor Murray, Tanner Dixon, Garen Bottoms, and Conor Pierce each added one song.
“We’re finally starting to hit the ball a little bit more,” Cougar coach Thad Hewitt said. “We get people to fire us. … at least we put it into practice.”
Hewitt also praised the efforts of his pitcher, led by rookie Bottoms, who hit five strokes in three innings.
Hewitt was very encouraged by his team’s fiery rally in the seventh.
Two Cougars kept his comeback alive by hitting the ball with two hits – Colton Long and Bud West.
But, Dewey showed enough emotional saliva to fend off the Cougars uprising before hooking up the game.
Dewey’s head coach Rod Richardson praised the outings by both Gregs and Sickler.
“Every win is a good win,” said Richardson, who saw his Doggers improve to 12-14.
Next, Dewey is scheduled to play Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) at Lincoln Christian, except for a schedule change.
Oklahoma Union — which took off early in the season due to the length of the Cougars basketball season — is 6-11, including two back-to-back losses for Dewey.
The Cougars are scheduled to play next Monday at Wyandotte.