The Shawnee Wolves downed Chickasha 9-1 and the OKC Broncos 12-3 on the first day of pool play at the Bill Tipton Invitational Tournament Thursday.
Scoring seven runs over the final two innings, the Shawnee Wolves started off the Bill Tipton Invitational on Thursday with a 9-1 run-rule win over a good Chickasha club at Memorial Park.
In the nightcap, Shawnee downed the OKC Broncos 12-3 in five innings.
The Wolves scored twice in the first inning of game one to take the early lead, but were held in check over the next three innings by Chickasha starter Brayden Belden, who retired 12 of 13 batters following Bryce Beal’s RBI single in the bottom of the first.
But the Wolves would get to Belden in the fifth inning. Logan Franklin started the rally with a one-out walk, followed by doubles from Eli Davis and Austin Cooper, the latter of which drove in two and doubled Shawnee’s lead to 4-1.
Another walk, this one issued to Josh Rolette, ended the day for Belden, who was relieved by Jake Womack. After getting the second out, it appeared Womack would get out of the inning without any further damage, but Colin Robertson walked, Tanner Sparks reached on an error and Womack threw one away on a pickoff attempt at first base.
The two errors led to three runs, giving Shawnee a 7-1 lead by the time the inning ended.
Starting pitcher Landon Harper got the Fighting Chicks in order in the top of the sixth then led off the bottom of the frame with a double down the left field line. Davis followed with a walk two batters later with Harper scoring on a passed ball during the at-bat. A single by Cooper and an intentional walk to Rolette loaded the bases, before Beal drove in the game’s final run with a walk, forcing in Davis and ending the game by the run rule.
Harper dominated for five of the six innings he pitched, striking out six and walking two and allowing two hits and one run.
“[Harper] was outstanding,” Shawnee head coach Todd Boyer said. “His change-up was really good and he kept them off-balance. When you’re playing five games in three days, you need a complete game like that.”
Harper’s only trouble came in the fourth. Chickasha’s Brandon Shumway led off the inning with a double to left centerfield and advanced to third on Derek Sullivan’s grounder to third. Cade Morris followed with a run-scoring single.
Morris then stole second and the Chicks had all the momentum, but Shawnee third baseman Colin Robertson caught a ground ball off the bat of Brock Henderson and, instead of going to first, caught Morris drifting from second base, throwing behind the runner for the second out of the inning. Harper then ended the inning with a strikeout and retired six of the final seven batters he faced to end the game.
Davis finished with two doubles and a walk in four trips to the plate, while Cooper finished with two doubles and a single.
“That was a good win for us,” Boyer said. “[Chickasha head coach] Brad [Gore] always does a great job. They’ve got some gritty, hard-nosed kids. This tournament is a good barometer for us and where we’re at. I was pleased with our play overall.”
Shawnee 12, Broncos 3
Eli Davis and Colin Robertson each had three RBIs as the Wolves scored in four of the five innings in run-ruling the Broncos in five innings.
Shawnee (19-1) scored five times in the top of the fifth to put the game away. Davis drove in one run in the inning with a single, while Robertson added a two-run single for the final margin.
Teddy Robertson pitched all five innings for his second win of the year, allowing one earned run and seven hits while striking out three.
Landon Harper went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
The Wolves will play Byng at 11 a.m. on Friday, with a second game at 6:30 p.m. against Guthrie