EDMOND— A roll of the dice.
The Asher Indians came up just short in the opening round of the Class B State Fall Baseball Tournament, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Leedey Bison Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Asher saved their ace Trevor Martin, to hopefully, face Drummond in today’s semifinal game.
“We came here to win it all,” said Asher coach Shane Coker. “We knew we were going to need a big arm to face Drummond.”
The gamble almost paid off as Junior right-hander Jake Dobbs threw the complete game for Asher. He scattered nine hits and registered five strike outs and one lone walk to the Bison.
Asher scored three runs on three hits and had other chances in the game.
Leedey struck first in the bottom of the first, scoring a run on a Ty Goss triple to right field. He then scored on a passed ball by Asher, making the count 1-0 after an inning of play.
Asher tied the score at 1-1 on a Dobbs sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning. Chase Eckart led off the inning with a walk. He moved to second after Cam Grissom walked and headed to third on a Ty Herndon single to left. That set up the score by Dobbs, who hit a fly ball to right field.
The Bison responded in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Five straight singles by Leedey led to the two runs, but Dobbs held tough. With the bases juiced and nobody out, Dobbs struck out the side to end the inning and the threat of a huge Bison inning.
The score remained 3-1 until the top of the fifth. Once again Asher drew even with the Bison and did so with an Eckart lead-off walk. Braydon Sanders then doubled to left field, moving Eckart to third base. Eckart then scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Grissom.
After a fly out to center, Sanders scored on a two-out single to right off of the bat of Dobbs. That was all the Indians would get.
Leedey, as they did in the third inning, responded with two runs to end all scoring at 5-3. The Bison scored the two runs on two hits and a walk.
Asher had two more at bats to try and escape, but Leedey’s defense held firm and kept them from advancing.
Asher concludes the fall ball season with a mark of 17-12 and were ranked seventh, heading into the state tournament.