MIAMI — It was unanimous: everyone who attended the reunion of Miami High School’s 1987 state champion baseball team had a blast.
The event was held prior to the Wardogs’ District 4A-8 game against Oologah on Tuesday, April 10.
“It’s a great opportunity see all these guys again — some of them I haven’t seen since (graduation),” said Carter Mackey, a shortstop/pitcher on the championship team. “It’s neat honor and I was glad to be a part of all of it.”
Event organizers Bless Parker and Jamie Williams used social media to reach out to some of their former teammates.
“Bless Parker got hold of my sister on Facebook. She sent a message to me and here we are,” Mackey said.
“I thought it was awesome,” said Williams, a pitcher and catcher with the 1987 Wardogs and now an assistant coach at NEO. “Bobby Homer drove from Louisiana and Dusty Bekemeier from Wichita, Kansas.
“It’s been a long time coming.”
Coach Chris Crosbie said things lined up perfect for him.
“This was the only Tuesday we had off,” said Crosbie, who became athletic director and baseball coach at Mount Saint Mary’s in Oklahoma City just a couple months ago.
Prior to Tuesday’s Wardog game, a wild 17-15 MHS win, players or their family members were presented 1987 jerseys.
“This a neat thing. I’m not sure it’s going to fit,” Mackey joked about his jersey.
Crosbie threw out the ceremonial first pitch, with Drew Williams —Jamie’s son —on the receiving end.
The ’87 Wardogs swept through the 4A regional at Claremore, beating Pryor 16-6, Claremore 7-5 and Pryor 10-7 again to punch their ticket to the state tournament.
All three of Miami’s starting pitchers — Williams, Wes Buxton and Mackey — turned in complete-game performances during wins over Guthrie, McAlester and Okmulgee, respectively, in games played at J.L. Johnson Stadium at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
That was only the fifth win in 11 decisions for Mackey.
After a 6-0 loss to Owasso in a Metro Lakes Conference game on April 23, Miami came back to beat the Rams 14-7 in the nightcap, then went on a run that saw them win 10 of their final 11 games.
The previous season, the Wardogs were 9-20.
“They knew what they wanted,” Crosbie said. “At some point in time, they finally just bought in and committed to it. The results were awesome.”
“We gelled and played well together. We came together late in the season,” said Mackey, who had played at Pryor in 1986.
Williams was surprised by the turnout.
“Middle of the week, it’s hard to get off work,” he said. “It tells you what it means to them. We are very thankful for the employers that took this into consideration to allow them to enjoy it.”