Article in Tulsa World by MIKE BROWN:

Bixby pitcher Liam Roden plans baseball career at Virginia Military Institute

Bixby pitcher Liam Roden is enthusiastic about the military. He went to see the movie “American Sniper” the first weekend it came out and has seen it twice since.

“I don’t know how you can call yourself an American if you did not get goosebumps while watching American Sniper,” he said on his Twitter account.

Roden hopes to combine baseball with a military career. He has given a verbal commitment to play at Virginia Military Institute, a Division I program located in Lexington, Virginia.

“My ultimate goal is to be a (U.S. Marine Corps) officer, so I’ve been trying to look at all kinds of military schools,” he said.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander said he contacted VMI coaches last year, went to a Keydets prospect camp “and just started bonding (with the coaches) more and more. I talk to the pitching coach (Travis Beazley) once a week, so we have a pretty strong relationship.”

Established in 1839, VMI is the oldest state-supported military college in the country. The school started playing baseball in 1866, making it VMI’s oldest athletic program. The Keydets compete in the Southern Conference and have finished runner-up for numerous league titles.

Roden is commanding officer of Bixby’s JROTC program and has pitched for the Spartans varsity since his sophomore season. His father, Colin Roden, is pitching coach at Mannford High School.

Roden went the distance Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Sand Springs in the Bixby Invitational. He is 1-1 with 16 strikeouts and has allowed only one earned run in 15p:BodyJustified⅓p:BodyJustified innings.

April 13 is the beginning of the spring signing period for baseball.

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Bixby spartans Varsity jumps on Tulsa Memorial early and coasts to 10-1 win

Bixby spartans Varsity jumped out to an early lead on Tulsa Memorial and captured a 10-1 victory on Friday at Bixby.

With seven runs in the first three innings, Bixby spartans Varsity left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

An RBI double by Breydon Daniel, an RBI double by Zach Reynolds, and an RBI single by Cade Cavalli during the first inning and an RBI triple by Cade Cabiness, a sacrifice fly by Daniel, an RBI double by Tanner Griffin, and an RBI single by Cade Cavalli in the second inning fueled Bixby spartans Varsity's offense early.
Gavin Staton went a perfect 2-2 at the dish for Bixby spartans Varsity. He singled in the first and second innings.

Cade Cavalli baffled Tulsa Memorial, striking out seven batters. Cade Cavalli allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk over five innings.

Bixby spartans Varsity quickly matched Tulsa Memorial's strong inning with a three-run inning of its own in the fourth. Bixby spartans Varsity scored on a two-run single by Braden Scott and an RBI double by Braden Hackler.

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Tulsa Union's sixth inning charge helps upend Bixby spartans Varsity, 7-6

Tulsa Union took the lead in the sixth inning, and Bixby spartans Varsity was unable to muster a comeback, losing 7-6 in seven innings on Tuesday at Bixby.

Tanner Griffin was solid at the plate for Bixby spartans Varsity. Griffin went 2-4 and scored two runs. He singled in the third inning and doubled in the seventh inning.

Tulsa Union was sparked by Daniel Daulia and Cameron Stillwell, who teamed up for six hits and three RBIs.

The bottom of the first saw Bixby spartans Varsity take an early lead, 3-0. The Bixby spartans Varsity attack began with a single from Breydon Daniel. Zach Reynolds doubled, plating Gavin Staton and Cade Cabiness. More runs came home for Bixby spartans Varsity when Daniel scored on a passed ball.

Bixby spartans Varsity quickly matched Tulsa Union's strong inning with a two-run inning of its own in the third. Bixby spartans Varsity scored on an RBI single by Cade Cavalli and an RBI single by Justin Smith.

The game's last lead went to Tulsa Union thanks to a sixth inning rally that saw four runs cross the plate on a two-run single by Tanner Santucci.

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Bixby spartans Varsity seize victory thanks to late passed ball, drop Tulsa Union 5-4

After five lead changes in Tuesday's game at Bixby, Bixby spartans Varsity finally pulled out a 5-4 win over Tulsa Union.

Bixby spartans Varsity pulled out the win thanks to a strong eighth inning. A passed ball scored Zach Reynolds to give Bixby spartans Varsity the lead for good.

Tanner Griffin was hot from the plate for Bixby spartans Varsity. Griffin went 2-4, drove in one and scored one run. He doubled in the sixth inning and singled in the eighth inning.

Gavin Staton shut down Tulsa Union while he was on the hill. Staton held Tulsa Union hitless over 2 1/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one.

Bixby spartans Varsity jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Bixby spartans Varsity's threat began with a single by Reynolds. An error then moved Reynolds from first to third. Bixby spartans Varsity then tacked on more runs when Griffin scored on an RBI single by Cade Cavalli.

Bixby spartans Varsity got one-run boosts in each of the third, fourth and eighth. In the third, Bixby spartans Varsity scored on an RBI single by Breydon Daniel, plating Staton.

Tulsa Union answered Bixby spartans Varsity's top inning with three runs of its own in the third. Tulsa Union scored on an RBI double by Braden Blaylock, an RBI single by Tanner Santucci, and an RBI single by Hunter Newkirk.

Tulsa Union tied the game in the sixth on an RBI single by Cameron Stillwell that scored Daniel Daulia.

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