Owasso closed out its baseball regular season with a 16-3 run-rule win in five innings over Life Prep Academy (Wichita, Kansas) Saturday night at Stigall Field.
The Rams (29-4) will host a Class 6A regional and face Putnam City in the first of four games at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Broken Arrow and Ponca City will play in the other opening-round game at 1:30 p.m.
The winners bracket contest will be at 4 p.m. and then the elimination game finishes things off at 6:30 p.m.
“You can’t overlook anyone now,” Owasso coach Larry Turner said. “You have to come ready to play.”
Owasso had solid contributions throughout against the Fire (15-7). Leadoff hitter Jackson Smith and 2-hole hitter Brody Green did a lot of the damage.
Smith homered, walked twice, drove in two runs, and scored two more. Green also hit a homer, had a double, was hit by a pitch, had two RBIs, and scored three runs.
Smith drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first inning and Green followed with his home run over the left-field fence.
Jett Tucker scored the other run in the frame. He singled to left field with two outs, ended up at third base after a hit batsman, and a walk, and then came home on a passed ball.
The Rams scored six runs in the bottom of the second. Grady Mercer walked to start the frame and Smith followed with an opposite-field shot over the left-field wall.
Mason Pennington also had a key two-RBI double to the gap in left-center in the second. Owasso then put up seven runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Braden Blundell drove in a pair with a double to straight away left field. Zach Burnes also knocked in a run on another double into the left field corner.
Turner was pleased overall with his team’s success during the regular season and of the steady progress they made throughout.
“The kids have improved so much,” Turner said. “They are incredible to coach and they let you coach them hard. That makes it all so gratifying to be a part of and so much fun.”
Owasso opened the week with a 7-5 loss Monday at Sand Springs, but came back to edge the Sandites the next night 1-0 at home behind a complete- game from Jackson Farrell.
The Rams beat Ozark (Missouri) 7-1 Friday and downed Booker T. Washington 10-3 earlier Saturday as senior Kason Bennefield was the starting pitcher and picked up his first varsity win.
Owasso 16, Life Prep 3
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Robles, Armas (2), Brown (3), Paradis (3) and Sarota, Doll (3). T. Phillips, Davis (4) and Corbin, Caldwell (4). W: T. Phillips (1-0). L: Robles. HR: Owasso: Green (6), Smith (4). Life Prep: Sarota.