Shawnee suffered from nine errors that in turn led to 14 unearned runs, and the 14th-ranked Wolves suffered a 16-2 loss to Altus in the opening round of a Class 5A regional tournament Tuesday at Carl Albert High School.
The game was stopped after five innings on the run rule.
Capitol Hill was later the recipient of Shawnee’s retribution as the Wolves hammered the Redskins 22-1 to stay in contention for a state tournament berth. That game went just 4 1/2 innings.
Altus played errorless ball and out-hit the Wolves 7-3. The Bulldogs led 16-0 going into the bottom of the fifth.
Shawnee’s three hits included two from Austin Cooper, who led off with a double. Cooper bunted his way to first later in the game, and Kyler Rogers collected a single.
The Wolves employed five pitchers, with starter Cameron Hilderbrand (2-2) absorbing the loss.
“The first game, I think, was our worst overall game of the season,” said SHS coach Todd Boyer. “We just didn’t play very well in any aspect of the game.
“But, the great thing about baseball… we get to turn around and play Altus again and prove to them we’re better than what we played today.”
Altus lost to Carl Albert in the Bulldogs’ second game of the day. Capitol Hill, with two losses, was eliminated, and Shawnee and Altus will face off again at 1 p.m. today. The winner of that game will move on to face Carl Albert, whose Titans are just one win away from a regional crown.
Shawnee must win twice today to advance.
Shawnee’s Teddy Robertson, Nate Roberts and Geremy Johnson combined to hold Capitol Hill to two hits Tuesday. The Wolves finished with 15 hits. All 21 members of Shawnee’s roster recorded an at-bat versus the Redskins.
Robertson earned the pitching win and improved to 2-1 on the year.
The Wolves are now 16-14, and Rogers will start on the mound today opposite Altus.
In other Tri-County baseball action — and weather permitting — Asher’s Indians will take on Dover at 11 a.m. Thursday at Edmond Memorial High School in the quarterfinals of the Class B state tournament. If the Indians win, they will face the Leedey-Sentinel winner at 4 p.m. Friday in the semifinals at Oklahoma City’s Dolese Park.
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The Class B championship game is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Dolese Park.
Dale, ranked first in Class 2A, will host a regional tournament Thursday. The Pirates will face Yale at 11 a.m., and a win will put them against the Wellston-Tonkawa winner at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Bethel and McLoud will be in Piedmont Thursday for a Class 4A regional tournament, with McLoud opening the day against Piedmont at 11 a.m. Bethel will face Cushing at 1 p.m., and the winners of those games will square off at 3 p.m.
The losers of the first two games will play at 5 p.m.
Tecumseh, ranked 16th in Class 4A, will take on Pauls Valley at 1 p.m. Thursday in a regional tournament at Tuttle. A win will put the Savages against the Tuttle-Heritage Hall winner at 3 p.m.
Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.