Two of the best high school pitchers this past spring reside in Rogers County.
Verdigris High School graduate Blake Battenfield and Claremore High School graduate Jacob Teague closed out their prep careers with first-team honors on the Tulsa World All-Metro Baseball Team.
Battenfield, who is headed to Oklahoma State University, and Teague, who is going to Oral Roberts University, helped piece together a memorable baseball season for Rogers County.
This past spring, Battenfield compiled a 7-0 record and a 0.28 earned run average to lead the Verdigris Cardinals to their third-straight Class 3A state championship.
Over the past four seasons, Battenfield was 33-4 with 313 strikeouts.
The right-handed pitcher also earned Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State honors and was a four-time All-Will Rogers Conference recipient.
Battenfield joins an OSU pitching staff that includes Jenks graduate Thomas Hatch and Broken Arrow graduate Trey Cobb.
Teague, meanwhile, anchored Claremore’s pitching staff and finished with an 9-1 record and a 1.60 earned run average.
As a senior, Teague helped lead the Zebras to a runner-up finish in the Class 5A state tournament for the second-straight season.
Over the course of his senior season, Teague collected 111 strikeouts — including 18 in a regional tournament win over Skiatook — and tossed 32 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. He also recorded three no-hitters.
Teague joins Battenfield on the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State team as a pitcher/outfielder.
Catoosa junior Corbin Osburn earned first-team All-Metro honors as an outfielder, while his teammate — senior Dustin Haueter — was tabbed first-team All-Metro utility player.
Owasso had four first-team All-Metro recipients — shortstop Andrew Rosa, third baseman Trae Bobo, outfielder Mason O’Brien and pitcher Jeb Bargfeldt.
Verdigris sophomore outfielder Kale Keith and Claremore junior pitcher Bryce Howe highlighted the second-team All-Metro squad.
Honorable mention honors went to the following players:
Claremore — Isaac Hollihan (OF), Matt Whatley (C) and Brandon Varnell (OF).
Catoosa — Nick Brown (P) and Austin Potter (P).
Claremore Sequoyah — McKaine Foster (P).
Inola — Brandon Misner (OF) and Zack Proctor (OF).
Oologah — Dalton Barnes (SS) and Tim Luce (P).
Verdigris — Mitch Hammack (P), Ryan Hurd (OF), J.W. Owens (P), Ryan Skalnik (3B) and Tanner Smith (OF).