The Blanchard Lions felt the heartache.
After falling to Elgin in the state title game in 2018, Blanchard used that loss as a motivating factor for 2019. After a 14-5 win over Harrah in Norman on Wednesday, the 39-0 Lions had the opposite feeling.
Ty Vanmeter — who picked up the win on the mound in Blanchard’s semifinal win over Kingfisher — talked about the state title game in 2018 and using it as motivation for the 2019 season.
“Ever since the end of that game, we’ve had a chip on our shoulder. That was huge to our season,” Vanmeter said after the semifinal victory. “I just think it’s part of the journey.”
Following the 7-4 semifinal victory, Blanchard head coach Josh Raney talked about how dangerous Blanchard’s offense could be.
“We can score, and we can score at will,” Raney said.
That turned out to be true in the title game.
Blanchard jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Panthers took a 5-4 advantage. But things turned around in a six-run fifth inning, and the Lions never looked back.
A two-run single off the bat of Kale Miller gave the Lions the lead for good. Following a Callen Golloway RBI single, it was Jack Kiker who dealt the devastating blow to Harrah’s chances.
Kiker’s three-run home run gave the Lions a commanding 10-5 lead.
Blanchard completed the scoring with two runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh.
With the win, the Lions won their first state title since 2015.