More than 100 area high school baseball players took to the field at OneOK Field on Saturday. For some, this was the first chance of participating in organized baseball in a long time.
"It’s a huge opportunity to come out here at OneOK (Field) and showcase their talent with a large number of college coaches here today,” Sandlot High School Player Showcase co-owner Jake Russell said.
Owasso’s Brennan Phillips, with a commitment already locked in with Oklahoma State, is using Saturday’s Sandlot Showcase to sharpen his skills for the next level.
"I’m going to learn to pitch against good hitters,” Phillips said. “(OSU Volunteer Assistant Coach) Matt Holliday was a really good hitter in the pros, so I will learn a lot from him what not to throw and to throw.”
Phillips isn't shy about his ultimate dream.
“The dream was always to go pro,” Phillips said. “It never stopped at college."
Bixby High School’s Gentry Cantrell is taking a much different approach.
Cantrell had Tommy John Surgery this past March. With one final season ahead of him at Bixby, Cantrell hopes to use the most of it to earn a scholarship at the next level.
“I’m just ready to get out on the mound and throw again,” Cantrell said.