By Mike Moguin
GTR Sports Writer
Holland Hall made another athletic accomplishment this spring when the baseball team won state.
The Dutchmen (36-6) captured the Class 3A final in an 11-0 win against Adair on May 15 in Shawnee.
“It was awesome,” said Wallace Clark, who got the pitching victory. “Obviously we never won a state championship in baseball, but having done it in football (back in fall), it was still the same feeling, just greatness and gratitude, and finally, this whole season was worth it and the culmination of it at the end was we achieved the goal we were striving for the entire time. It was just relieving.”
Clark was instrumental as quarterback in the Dutchmen’s state title on the gridiron last December.
“It’s definitely something that doesn’t happen a lot,” Clark said. “So I think that it’s really cool, especially being the first each for football and baseball school history, it definitely means a lot to me and it’s something I’ll always cherish.”
Clark (6’1″), who usually played shortstop, pitched a seven-inning shutout, throwing five strikeouts and yielding no walks in the process.
“It was awesome,” Clark said. “Going into the semifinals game, we knew if we advanced to the finals that I was going to be pitching. I was prepared after that game and I just knew I had to go out there and do my job. I also trusted my teammates to go out there and score runs and play defense behind me. I was very excited because I knew I had confidence in myself to throw strikes and just compete out there and ended up working pretty well.”
Clark is a University of Oklahoma baseball signee, which will be beneficial as he heads down to Norman.
“It’s definitely good momentum,” he said. “It gives me confidence to do some great things as well, and hopefully, continue the winning history (at OU).”
Before an explosion of 11 runs, Holland Hall had to endure four innings of a scoreless game.
“It was a little bit stressful at times,” Clark said. “But I knew eventually we’d crack them. I just had to keep pitching, throwing strikes and put zeroes up on my end and offensively, we’d figure out a way to score some runs.”
And that they did. Holland Hall was up 3-0 after the fifth inning. The first score came when Marc Gouldsby drove in B.T. Terry.
“I think what really did it was B.T. (Terry)’s leadoff double that really got the emotions going, got everybody hyped up, then obviously, Marc came up and got the RBI, then once we scored one, we knew we could just keep it up,” Clark said. “They had a couple of pitching changes, which was also pretty key to our surge because we were confident they were kind of worried about us and couldn’t really keep it in the zone as well as we could, and we just did some damage with it.”
Holland Hall, in the role as visiting team, would add eight more runs in the sixth, eventually ending the game on a run-rule. The Dutchman ended the game with six hits.
Private School Quick Hits
Other private schools in the Tulsa area captured state championsionships at both the team and individual ranks.
Holland Hall – Class 4A Girls Tennis.
Bishop Kelley – Class 6A Girls Tennis, Class 5A Boys Golf, Class 5A Girls Soccer, Class 5A Boys Soccer.
Cascia Hall – Class 5A Girls Tennis, Class 4A Boys Golf; Class 4A Boys Tennis.
Lincoln Christian – Class 4A Boys Track and Field.
Rejoice Christian – Class 2A Boys Track and Field.
Regent Prep – Jenni Roller, Class 2A Girls Golf; Ellie Hoemann (800-Meter Run), Natalie Cleveland (1,600-Meter Run), Class 2A Girls Track and Field; Samuel Fantoni (1,600-Meter Run), Class 2A Boys Track and Field.
Holland Hall – Libby Rowland (3,200 Meter Run), Class 4A Girls Track and Field; Natalie Gillett, (No. 2 Singles), (No. 1 Doubles), (No. 2 Doubles), Class 4A Girls Track and Field.
Bishop Kelley – Kate Miley (No. 1 Singles), Audrey Brown (No. 2 Singles), Aubrey Bailey/Maddie Wong (No. 2 Doubles); Class 6A Girls Tennis; Alex Owens/James Owens (No. 2 Doubles), Class 6A Boys Tennis.
Cascia Hall – (No. 2 Doubles), Class 5A Girls Tennis; Aiden Robinson (No. 1 Singles) Brock Hannagan/Joey Kacere (No. 2 Doubles).
Victory Christian – Kallista Frye (100-Meter Run), Class 3A Girls Track and Field.
Metro Christian – Caroline Sutton, Caroline Stewart, Lila Graham, Darcy Ball, (3,200-Meter Relay), Class 3A Girls Track and Field; Levi Korer (100-Meter Run), Class 3A Boys Track and Field; Lauren Michalcik (No. 2 Singles), Class 5A Girls Tennis.
Lincoln Christian – Addison Brooks (800-Meter Run), Class 4A Girls Track and Field; Kolbe Katsis (100-Meter Run), Jaxson Brooks, Ethan Martin, Benjamin Himaya, Josiah Antis (3,200-Meter Relay), Josiah Antis (400 and 800-Meter Run), Class 4A Boys Track and Field.
Rejoice Christian – Hunter Jennings (110 and 300-Meter Hurdles), Brady Thomas, Luke Callery, Paul Griffin, Chance Wilson (3,200-Meter Relay); Class 2A Boys Track and Field.