Streaking Owls headed to State
BLANCHARD Elgin was due for a clutch hit, or any other bit of good fortune the baseball gods hadn't offered the school in more than 40 years.
The Owls got both Sunday, scoring three runs in the final two innings of a 4-1 win over Class 4A 14th-ranked Cache to win the Blanchard regional championship and advance to their first baseball state tournament since the late 1970s.
Elgin has won 8 of 9 games since a three-game losing streak back in April, which dropped the Owls from the rankings and had many writing them off in this region.
"We've just hooked it up," said Elgin senior first baseman Cale Jung, who tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth when Cache was called for obstruction. "We just wanted to make it through to State. We believed in it, we wanted it. Somehow we did it."
Jung's sixth-inning triple hit the wall, through the teeth of the wind that whipped down on Sonny Vermillion Field. He broke open a 1-1 tie after being awarded home plate during a rundown on a passed ball, in which the infield umpire ruled Jung's path back to third was obstructed.