Two of the top high school baseball players in Oklahoma, both signed with Oklahoma State, and both prominent with the Major League teams working toward the Draft coming up in late May faced each other in a showdown on Tuesday night in Edmond, Oklahoma. Top hitter vs. top pitcher and you get to see the results.
You might have had to squeeze in Tuesday night in Edmond, Okla., at Deer Creek High School if you wanted a seat behind home plate. There were 24 scouts from various baseball teams and organizations and most of them representing Major League Baseball clubs there wo watch Stillwater High School shortstop Ryan Vilade, the son of Oklahoma State Cowboy baseball assistant coach James Vilade, and Mitchell Stone the 6-9 lanky left-handed pitcher that has dominating stuff for Deer Creek. Both Vilade and Stone have signed with Oklahoma State and head coach Josh Holliday, but neither may make it to Stillwater and on campus thanks to their opportunities in the upcoming MLB Amateur Draft.
Tuesday night started with fireworks as Vilade strolled aggressive up to the plate and promptly put Stone's first pitch into the wall in right field for a triple. Vilade would score the first run, but it was tough for Stillwater the rest of the night as Stone only allowed four hits and only walked three as well.
Stone, himself would deliver a single to right field later for the game winning RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sitting in and around and behind the scouts for the last four innings, the radar guns pointed at Stone very rarely fell out of the range of 85-92 miles per hour. An occasional change-up fell into the upper 70s, but that was about it.
The game ended with Stillwater having a chance to tie the score and a runner coming home on a single to left field, but Deer Creek threw him out at the plate and the Antlers go on to break a tie in District 6A-3 as Deer Creek goes to 9-2 in district play and Stillwater fell to 8-3. The two teams play again in Stillwater on Wednesday night, but the showdown of big league prospects and OSU signees of pitcher Stone vs. hitter Vilade won't happen again until likely in the playoffs.