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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Wildcats edge Eufaula, defeat Holdenville Saturday

  • Hunter Heath carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday before giving up a lone single in Bethel’s 1-0 win over Eufaula at the Wildcat Classic.
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  • Hunter Heath carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning Saturday before giving up a lone single in Bethel’s 1-0 win over Eufaula at the Wildcat Classic.
     
    The Wildcats, ranked 18th in Class 4A, went on to top Holdenville 9-3 Saturday as freshman Jeffrey Shafer logged the pitching win in his first-ever varsity start.
     
    Heath (8-0) struck out 10 and walked two in the complete-game effort against Class 3A’s No. 19 Ironheads. Bethel rang up four hits — all singles — with Clint Simmons leading at 2-for-3.
     
    Heath helped his own cause by scoring the game’s lone run in the top of the fourth inning. After reaching on a walk, Heath stole second. While later attempting to pilfer third, he was able to score on an errant throw.
     
    A total of six errors were committed in the game — four by the Ironheads.
     
    Bethel led 4-0 after the first inning opposite Holdenville, and it was 9-2 Wildcats after four frames. Shafer (1-0) fanned seven Wolverines and issued only two walks in five innings of work.
     
    “Jeffrey did a great job on the mound for his first-ever varsity start,” said Bethel coach Todd Brown. “He went out there and showed a lot of poise. It was really encouraging.”
     
    Heath led Bethel’s nine-hit offense with a double and a three-run home run. Matt Watson was 2-for-4 for the victors, and Ethan Gingrich was 1-for-4 with a double.
     
    Now 18-6 on the season, Bethel will go to Mount Saint Mary for a 4:30 p.m. varsity/junior varsity doubleheader Monday. The Wildcats will host a district tournament with Harrah beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. The teams will play two games Thursday, and the if-necessary game will be played Friday.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.
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