Titans lead West to all-state baseball win

Lake Strickland takes a swing during the OBCA All-State game. (Photo by Krystal LaValley)

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Houston Russell and Lake Strickland already had fond memories of David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

They added some more on Sunday afternoon.

The pair helped Carl Albert beat Bishop Kelley in the Class 5A baseball state championship at the Enid stadium less than a month ago.

On Sunday afternoon, they earned another big win as they guided the Large West squad to a 9-1 win in the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association all-state game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Houston Russell makes a throw to the pitcher during the OBCA all-state game last Sunday in Enid. (Photo by Krystal LaValley)

Strickland went 2 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and two stolen bases. Russell was 1 for 2 with a walk, an RBI and two stolen bases. He also started at catcher and threw out a runner at third base.

The West outhit the East 11-4 in the game.

Strickland and Russell will continue their playing careers together this fall at Seminole State.

The OBCA hosted an all-state banquet on Saturday. They had three all-state games on Sunday for Small, Middle and Large schools.

The West swept the all-state tripleheader. The Small West won 3-2 and the Middle West earned an 8-1 win over the East.

 

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