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Owls' state title proof that patience pays off

OKLAHOMA CITY  Forty-nine years is a long time to wait.

So when Elgin baseball skipper Levi Garrett was drying off Saturday night from the celebratory ice water bath, he couldn't help but reflect on the hard times that had led up to Elgin's first baseball state championship since the fall of 1969.

"The first couple years it was a struggle," admitted Garrett, who began coaching Elgin eight years ago. "I knew I had good kids coming up through the program, but it's a waiting process."

As the wait grew longer and longer, so did the angst, particularly last season when the '17 Owls (29-10) lost in regionals.

"We were disappointed to say the least," Garrett said. "I had guys who gave me every ounce, but that weekend we were just off. Everything we hit was to someone."

Flash forward to last Saturday when Elgin  buoyed by timely hits, sound defense and quality pitching  topped Blanchard 7-6 for the Class 4A crown.

The coveted championship was well worth the wait.

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