Sequoyah seems to have saved its best baseball for the playoffs.
Three days after hammering Rogers County foe Chelsea 25-0 in the regular-season finale, the Eagles carried that momentum to an upset of Cushing in the Class 4A Bi-District 19 Tournament on Thursday.
Sequoyah shocked the host Tigers 2-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-three event, setting itself up for a possible regional tournament appearance.
Cushing won the second game 7-1 to force an "if" game at 4:15 p.m. Friday. The contest concluded after press time, but a recap will be available online this weekend at claremoreprogress.com and in the Tuesday e-edition.
Here is a rundown of how things transpired Thursday.
Sequoyah 2, Cushing 0: Trey Burks had little room for error, and he relished under the pressure.
The senior threw a complete-game shutout, striking out four while surrendering only two hits and one walk on 92 pitches. The Tigers never advanced beyond second base, going hitless the final five innings.
That performance on the mound allowed the Eagles plenty of time to find offensive success, and it came at just the right time.
After a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, Brett Burks scored Jacob Murray with a sacrifice fly to center field for the first run of the game. Trey Burks made it 2-0 two pitches later, scoring on an error.
Sequoyah finished with five hits, handing Cushing's Josh Kelly the loss. Kelly allowed every hit and run, striking out five and walking three on 96 pitches through 6.1 innings. Chantz McBride threw two-thirds of an inning in relief.
Cushing 7, Sequoyah 1: The Tigers unmuted their bats in Game 2, taking command quickly with four runs in the first inning.
Consecutive singles from Blaze Berlowitz and Bryson Walker gave Cushing a two-run lead before an error and a Camden Crooks sac fly made it a 4-0 spread.
The Tigers added their remaining runs in the third via singles from Berlowitz and Connor Pritchett and a bases-loaded walk.
Cushing tallied seven hits in all, with Berlowitz and Pritchett leading the way with two apiece.
Berlowitz also earned the victory on the mound, surrendering one run on five hits through six innings, striking out six while walking three on 92 pitches.
Sequouyah's Preston Patterson pitched a shutout the final four innings, allowing only one hit during that time, but the Eagles failed to take advantage of scoring opportunities.
Sequoyah stranded 10 runners, three of which came in the first inning with the bases loaded. Its lone run came in the fifth when Trey Burks grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Jesse Razor.
Brett Burks led the Eagles at the plate with two of their six hits.
Patterson struck out four on 86 pitches while allowing five hits, three runs and three walks through 6.2 innings, but Nathan Dorsey took the loss after surrendering two hits, four runs and two walks on 24 pitches through one-third of an inning.