Tahlequah Daily Press

TDP Sports Blog

June 3, 2013

Update on former area baseball players

Eric Kirkpatrick recently wrapped up his first season at the collegiate level, helping navigate Connors State College to the NJCAA World Series.

The Cowboys recently ended the season with a 3-1 loss to Cochise (Ariz.) College at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo. Connors State finished the year 53-11, and Kirkpatrick played a big role in getting to that mark.

The former Sequoyah standout played in 50 games this season and logged a .344 batting average (53 for 154) with two home runs, 37 runs batted in and 28 runs scored. Kirkpatrick also had 14 doubles, 73 total bases, a .417 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage. He drew 19 walks compared to striking out 11 times.

Fisher pitches Sooners into Super Regional

Jake Fisher continues to be Oklahoma's unsung hero on the Sooners' pitching staff.

On Sunday, Fisher — a Keys alum — pitched 5 1/3 innings and picked up the win as Oklahoma blasted Virginia Tech, 10-4, to advance to the Super Regional round of the NCAA tournament. Fisher, pitching against the Hokies on their home field in Blacksburg, Va., scattered seven hits and three runs (all earned) while tossing 87 pitches for the Sooners. Fisher was replaced by Kindle Ladd in the sixth inning, but not before Fisher could pick up his third victory of the year to improve to 3-2.

The Sooners improved to 43-19 and will now travel to Baton Rouge, La., to play Louisiana State in a best-of-three series to try and earn a berth to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Ross heats up for the Bees

Another former Keys standout had a solid weekend. But for Chance Ross, it was at the minor league level.

Ross hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning to help the Burlington Bees beat Clinton, 7-4, in Midwest League action on Saturday night. Ross finished the game 2 for 5 with two runs scored.

In three games against Clinton over the weekend, Ross was four-for-13 with three runs scored. In 11 games at the Class-A level, Ross is now hitting .256 with two home runs (both against Clinton) with three runs driven in.

Ross and the Bees will close out their series with Clinton tonight at 7 before returning home to take on Kane County in a three-game set.

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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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