EDMOND — Blanchard pitcher Jace Beck was dominant.
Beck struck out 11 batters and allowed just one hit in six innings of Blanchard’s 5-0 win over Berryhill in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament Friday at Edmond North High School.
Berryhill’s best opportunity to get on the board came in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Chiefs were able to load the bases with two outs, but Beck got out of the inning with one of his 11 strikeouts.
The 37-0 Lions were held scoreless until the top half of the third inning. Following a Jack Kiker single and Bryce Madron walk, Ty Vanmeter put the Lions on the board with an RBI single.
But it was Colby Reed who gave the Lions a couple of insurance runs. Following Vanmeter, Reed drove in two runs with a single of his own to give Blanchard a 3-0 lead over Berryhill.
Blanchard’s final two runs of the game came in the fifth inning. Blanchard’s fourth run of the game came off of a balk. With the Lions up 4-0, Callen Golloway stepped up to the plate and drove in the final run with an RBI single.
Blanchard will play Kingfisher in the state semifinals after the Yellowjackets advanced with a win over Verdigris.
Because of weather coming through the area, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced that the two teams will play at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.