After a sluggish start in their opening game, the Shawnee Wolves rallied to win both of their contests at the Shawnee Shootout on Thursday, coming back from an 8-2 deficit to defeat Del City 14-10 in the opener, before scoring late to down Ponca City 6-3 in the second.
“This morning we were a little disappointed with our effort [against Del City],” Shawnee head coach Todd Boyer said. “We kind of played down to the level of our competition. I don’t think we started out with a real good mind set. But our kids came out and played a little better this afternoon. We challenged them a little bit to not play to the level of our competition and play with their best effort.”
The Wolves had defeated the winless Eagles twice by large margins early in the season, but Del City scored three runs in the bottom of the first then added five more in the second to build a six-run lead.
Shawnee (12-1) would come back with a huge third inning, sending 15 batters to the plate and taking advantage of four hit batters and three errors by the Eagles.
Landon Harper had a big two-run single with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to 8-6, and Josh Rolette hit a three-run triple five batters later to give the Wolves the lead for good.
Rolette finished the game with four RBIs and also came on in relief in the third inning and got the win on the mound, allowing the Eagles two runs on two hits while striking out five.
Colin Robertson also had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs.
Eli Davis had a pair of RBIs on sacrifice flies in the win over Del City then took the mound for the Wolves’ second game of the day against Ponca City. The Wildcats (6-8) would take the lead with an RBI single by Wesley O’Neal in the top of the first inning, but a double by Austin Cooper and a single by Tanner Sparks drove in two runs to put Shawnee up 2-1.
Ponca City tied the game with a pair of singles in the fourth inning and took the lead with a single, a sacrifice bunt and an error to make it 3-2 after four-and-a-half innings. Wildcat starter Joey Furber seemed to have the Wolves under control, throwing three straight scoreless innings.
But the Wolves would tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. A.J. Barron led off with a walk, Davis was hit in the shin by a pitch, and Logan Franklin bunted his way on to load the bases. Rolette hit a sacrifice fly to left field to tie the game, but Shawnee missed an opportunity to take the lead when the Wildcats turned a double play to get out of the inning.
After Ponca City went in order in the sixth, the Wolves finally broke through to take the lead for good. Sparks led off the inning with a triple, followed by a walk by Harper and Barron to load the bases with one out. Sparks would score on a passed ball to give the Wolves the lead and Davis followed with a single to drive in Harper to make it 5-3. Rolette and Robertson would later be hit by pitches to force in the final run.
Davis then finished the game with a pair of strikeouts, finishing the game with eight punchouts while allowing eight hits and walking three in the complete game win.
“Eli gives us a chance each time he steps on the mound,” Boyer said. “He had three pitches working today, and any time he’s throwing three pitches for strikes we’re going to be successful.”
Shawnee plays just one game at the Showdown on Friday when they take on Putnam City West at 6:30 p.m.
Dale rolls past Western Heights
The second-ranked team in Class 2A had no trouble with the Jets in their first game of the Shawnee Showdown, putting up 10 runs in the third inning to run rule Western Heights 13-1.
The Pirates scored three runs in the second inning before sending 13 batters to the plate in the third.
Xavier Lanham had a two-run double to get things rolling in the third, finishing the day 2-for-2. Skyler Martin followed with a run-scoring triple, part of his 3-for-3, three RBI effort, ending the game with a two-run single.
Josh Rutland got the win on the mound, allowing one run on two hits while striking out five in three innings of work.
Dale will play Putnam City West at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Shawnee Showdown.