VINITA - For the third straight game, Miami got a game-turning rally when it needed one.
Wilburton grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth in Friday's Oklahoma American Legion AAA state tournament game here.
However, Post 147 came up with two runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth inning and claimed a 3-2 victory - moving them into Saturday's championship round.
“We keep finding ways to win,” Miami coach Chad Ross said. “We got the key hit there. The kids keep working hard and plugging along.”
Miami faced either Wilburton or Seminole in Saturday's 2 p.m. championship game.
Should Post 147 lose, a second game to determine the state champ would be played at 5 p.m.
While Miami has won several state Little League and Babe Ruth titles, it's only state championship in the older age groups has come from the 1987 MHS squad that claimed the 3A crown in Tulsa.
“They have to beat us twice, so I like our chances,” said Ross, who expected to start Nick Henson today.
Miami eked out a run in the top of the fourth when Jared White and Nick Henson drilled back-to-back singles. White wound up scoring on a wild pitch.
A walk to Freeman kept the inning going, but he was eventually cut down trying to steal third.
Wilburton took advantage of an error to get both of its runs in the bottom of the fourth off Miami starter Jared White.
The Rockets would have only two other baserunners the rest of the game as White fanned six of the last 11 batters he faced.
White finished the game with 11 strikeouts. He yielded five hits.
Post 147 needed an eight-run rally to dispatch Vinita in the district final then exploded for 11 runs to overcome a big deficit in the state tournament opener against Seminole.
Friday's comeback was mild by comparison, but equally important.
Brett Abell led off the sixth with a walk. After White was retired, Nick Henson singled Center fielder Justin Klusak misplayed the ball, and coach Chad Ross waved Abell home with the tying run.
Freeman flied out, then Nick Jones hit a smash that took a bad hop and glanced off the shoulder of Wilburton shortstop Keith Price. That allowed Henson to give Miami the lead.
White retired the Rockets in order in the sixth, then yielded a one-out single in the seventh. However, Taylor Branscum hit a grounder to second baseman James Pickens, who started a game-ending double play.
Miami had only five hits off Knight, and Henson had two of those.
White, Freeman and Jones had the others.