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June 28, 2013

Dusten Knight picks up 1st pro win

Former Tahlequah standout Dusten Knight picked up his first professional pitching victory on Thursday. The right-handed hurler pitched two scoreless innings for the Arizona Rookie League Giants in a win over the Cubs.

Knight, who was taken with the 852nd pick in the Major League Baseball draft, has now logged three innings pitched in rookie league baseball. His professional debut was June 23 against the Angels, in which he pitched one inning while giving up one hit and one unearned run.

Knight also has five strikeouts and one walk to his credit in his abbreviated big league career.

Fisher tagged with loss

Jake Fisher, a former standout at Keys, was saddled with a loss in his professional debut with the Ogden Raptors.

Pitching in the minor leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Fisher made his debut Wednesday against Grand Junction. He lasted 2 1/3 innings, gave up one hit and one unearned run and struck out three, but he took the loss nonetheless.

For Fisher, pitching for Ogden meant he was making his first-ever trip to Utah.

“It will be my first time in pretty much all the states I will travel to in this league,” Fisher said of the Pioneer League, which has teams in Colorado, Utah and Montana.

Also in the league are Fisher’s former teammates at Oklahoma. Jonathan Gray and Billy Waltrip were also pitchers for the Sooners before being drafted by the Colorado Rockies. Both now are with Grand Junction.

“It will be a little weird, but it will be fun seeing them and competing against them,” Fisher said in a recent interview with the Tahlequah Daily Press.

Extra bases

• Fisher’s former high school teammate, Chance Ross, is currently hitting .225 with the Burlington Bees in Single-A ball. In 25 games with the Bees, Ross has two home runs, nine runs batted in and one stolen base.

• Former Locust Grove pitcher Adrian Houser has made two appearances for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League in Class A. Houser, who was roughed up in his first outing — four runs (three earned) on six hits in two innings — against Vermont, bounced back with a scoreless outing over five innings against Connecticut on June 23. In two games, Houser is sporting a 3.86 earned run average, six strikeouts and two walks.

• Matt Oberste is hitting .194 for the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York-Penn League. The former Oklahoma Sooner and Sallisaw Black Diamond has driven in six runs in Class A.

• Archie Bradley, a former standout at Muskogee before transferring to Broken Arrow, was selected to participate in the All-Star Futures Game during the All-Star break next month in New York. Bradley, currently playing for the Mobile BayBears in Double-A, has a 2.03 earned run average with a 6-3 record. He has 60 strikeouts compared to 27 walks.

“It’s a really big honor,” Bradley — pitching in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system — told MLB.com. “It wish I could’ve participated in it last year.  As soon as I was drafted, I watched (former Mobile BayBear) Tyler Skaggs doing it. I wanted to do it in my career. I thought it was something I was capable of. To hear I’ll be a part of it is something special to me.”

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Ben Johnson has been the sports editor at the Tahlequah Daily Press since 2009. He's a Broken Arrow native and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He's also an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs.

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