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May 4—Following in his brother's footsteps, Brett Burks led Sequoyah baseball to its fourth win in five games with his fiery arm.
The sophomore threw a complete-game shutout in the final installment of a best-of-three series against Cushing, tossing six strikeouts on 76 pitches through five innings to deliver the Eagles the Class 4A Bi-District 19 championship with an 11-0 victory over the hosts Friday. He allowed only two hits and two walks.
His brother, Trey Burks, had a similar stat line in Sequoyah's 2-0 win in Game 1 of the series a day prior.
The offense gave Brett Burks plenty of insurance during his shutdown performance, racking up 12 hits. Nathan Dorsey and Preston Patterson led the way with 3-for-4 outings at the plate, and Brett Burks added two hits for good measure.
After a scoreless first inning, the Eagles broke the deadlock in the second with a pair of bases-loaded walks before Trey Burks singled in Jagger Dunfee, increasing the lead to 3-0.
Sequoyah then added seven more runs in the third thanks to singles from Dawson Smith, Jesse Razor and Dorsey, a Brett Burks double and a fielder's choice. Brett Burks tallied the final run in the fifth when he scored on an error.
Cushing's Carson Boyle took the loss after allowing two hits, three runs and three walks on 30 pitches through 1.1 innings, but Chantz McBride and Sam Carpenter were also victimized by the Eagle offense.
With the win, Sequoyah advanced to Regional 7, which will be played later this week in Verdigris. The Eagles take on their Rogers County foe at 11 a.m. Thursday in the opening game of the tournament.
The winner advances to play the victor of Catoosa-Sallisaw at 4 p.m. Thursday, and the losers of those two contests meet in an elimination game at 6:30 p.m.