Luke Hubbard leading the way for 5-0 GHS baseball team

Senior Luke Hubbard is congratulated at home plate by his teammates after hitting a three-run homer against Shawnee. Photo courtesy of Brett Tennyson.

Senior Luke Hubbard is off to a fantastic start to the high school baseball season as his Guthrie Bluejays have started the season 5-0.

Hubbard is 2-0 on the mound with shutout wins over Western Heights and Shawnee. Against the Wolves, the right-handed collected 21 outs in a seven-inning 8-0 win Monday night at Squires Field. 16 of those batters went down on strikeouts.

He added nine strikeouts against Western Heights in only five innings of work in a 14-0 win to begin the season.

Hubbard is supporting himself at the plate with a .444 average that was increased by two home runs that plated three runs each.

The Jays, led by second-year head coach Terry Bennett Jr., have two district wins each against Western Heights and Shawnee (8-0, 18-5). The lone non-district win came against Class 4A’s Perkins (12-6).

Against the Demons, freshman shortstop Lance Evans collected three hits including two doubles. Junior Eli Plagg also collected three hits and is tied for a team-high 10 hits to begin the season along with sophomore Kellen Hirzel.

Plagg, Evans, Hirzel, and sophomore Hayden Clymer hold batting averages over .500.

Sophomore Owen Wilder is also 2-0 on the mound for the Jays, including Tuesday’s win over Shawnee. Much like Hubbard, Wilder assisted himself at the plate with a second-inning three-run homer to give the Jays an early 4-0 lead Tuesday in Shawnee.

Guthrie, Carl Albert, Noble, and El Reno are all 4-0 in District 5A-1 play with only two teams being able to host regionals come playoff time.

The Jays will be on the road Thursday as they travel to Kingfisher for a 5 p.m. non-district contest.


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