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May 25, 2014

MHS coach, player have fun at Tulsa All-Star

OWASSO – Muskogee’s presence was known with the Tulsa All-Star team in the Oklahoma Metro All-Star baseball games Saturday afternoon at Stigall Field.

But what was more special was playing with and bonding with former foes, from the likes of Union, Jenks, Bixby, Owasso, Broken Arrow and so forth.

Muskogee High School coach Jeremy Griffin and his coaching staff led the platoon and Roughers’ first baseman Harris Jones had an impact in each game as Tulsa split the doubleheader against the Oklahoma City All-Star team.

“It was really cool to be around a group this talented,” Griffin said. “Everybody on that team were unbelievable baseball players. It was a lot of fun being around a team with that much talent.”

“I knew all these guys from playing against them the past four years,” Jones said. “Just getting together with them in the same dugout, playing with them instead of against them was awesome.”

Tulsa won the first game with a convincing 11-1 six-inning run-rule victory, while Oklahoma City captured the second game 7-2.

“We battled against all those guys that last few years,“ Griffin said. “It was really cool to be around them. They were a great group of kids. They were in the dugout having a good time, just grateful to be there.”

Jones had his share of success while starting both games.

In the first game, he got a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to increase Tulsa’s lead to 2-0. In the second game, Jones walked in the fourth inning and scored Tulsa’s first run on a sacrifice fly from Union‘s Ross Nowlin, drawing the Tulsa squad to within 7-1.

“Harris had been big for us all year,” Griffin said. “We were excited that he had been selected to be in this game. He did a great job. That’s what he’s done all year.”

Jones, who will be playing baseball at Independence Community College in Kansas next season, also enjoyed being the one guy who knew the coaching staff well.

“The coaching staff got coaching staff of the year,” Jones said. “They worked hard and turned this (Muskogee) program around. I’m glad I got to play under them one last time.”

When Jones was a freshman, the Roughers won only two games. This year in his senior campaign, they won 23 and came one game shy of making state.

“We wouldn’t have turned it around without those guys right there,” he said.

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