Wildcats get season-high in hits
Displaying its most robust hitting of the spring, Bethel lambasted Stroud 13-4 Tuesday.
The Wildcats, in improving to 8-6, carved out a season-high 17 hits in six innings. Thirteen of the hits came over the final three frames.
The game was short circuited after six innings on the run rule.
Brooks Richards led the offensive surge with a 3-of-4 outing which included four runs batted in.
Bethel trailed 2-0 after three innings but tallied eight runs in the top of the fourth. Richards led off the fourth with a double, then added a 2-run single later in the inning. He added another 2-run single in the fifth.
Peyton Epperley of Bethel was 3-of-4, including a double and two runs batted in.
Four Wildcats — Clint Simmons, Brayden Biebold, Kieser Hladik and Brady Sullivan — collected two singles apiece.
Starting Bethel hurler Garret Fitzgerald, who went 3 2/3 innings off a pitch count, earned his first win of the spring. Fitzgerald allowed four runs (2 earned), fanned seven and gave up four hits.
“That was probably the best we’ve swung the bats all year,” Bethel coach Todd Brown said.
Bethel will challenge Chandler at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Jones Tournament. Friday, the Wildcats will meet St. Mary’s at 1:30 p.m. and Jones at 6:30 p.m.
Kelsay, Orso fuel Earlsboro triumph
Connor Kelsay struck out 13 batters Tuesday night as Earlsboro took an 11-8 victory over Maud.
Kaiden Orso led Earlsboro’s 15-hit attack with three hits, one run scored and two runs batted in.
Four Earlsboro players — Derick McCormick, Jake Coley, Colton Glasgow and Kelsay — produced two hits apiece.
Dale outlasts Latta 8-7
Skyler Martin and Xavier Lanham clubbed home runs Tuesday as Dale outlasted Latta 8-7.
Lanham, who went 3-for-3, rifled a 2-run home run in the bottom of the third. Martin then followed with a solo roundtripper.
Dale netted four runs in the third to take a 7-2 advantage. Latta recorded five runs in the top of the sixth for a 7-7 deadlock.
The Pirates broke the tie in the bottom of the seventh. After Lanham led off with a double to left center, Martin was intentionally walked and Gage Ross singled to load the sacks with no outs. Lane Cox then delivered a sacrifice fly to center for the winning run.
Starter Hunter Pinkston of Dale, who went the first five innings, permitted four hits, whiffed seven and walked five. Dalton Long pitched just 1/3 of an inning before Hunter Sanford covered the final 1 2/3 innings to get the win. Sanford fanned one, surrendered one hit and walked two.
Dale accumulated eight hits, including a double by Sanford.
“We played pretty good,” Dale head coach Jerry Sanford said. “We walked too many batters but it is still early. We are using a lot of pitchers because of all the tournaments.”
The Pirates, 11-1, will compete Thursday through Saturday in the Shawnee Showdown. Sanford’s squad will engage Western Heights at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Earlsboro will travel to Macomb Tuesday, April 8.
McLoud holds off Tecumseh
The McLoud Redskins fought hard and clinched a nail-biting win against Tecumseh, 9-7, Tuesday.
The Redskins had several players contribute to the close win.
For McLoud, Bryson Garcia notched a 3-run home run and James Goad had two hits and one run batted in.
Brandon Shiplett added two hits including two RBIs. McLoud teammate Garrett Ramsey finished the game going 2-for-2 and had two runs batted in.
Micah Sanchez posted one single and one double for the Savages.
Winning pitcher Matt Rackley improved his record to 2-2.
Moving on with a 6-10 record, McLoud will face Blanchard at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Tecumseh will take on Elk City at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Weatherford Tournament.