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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee baseball gets offense rolling in pair of wins

  • The Wolves scored 25 runs in wins over Pryor and Lawton MacArthur Friday at the McAlester Shootout.
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  • MCALESTER – After struggling to score in back-to-back losses on Tuesday and Thursday, the Shawnee Wolves broke out in a big way on Friday at the McAlester Shootout, scoring 25 total runs in wins over Pryor and Lawton MacArthur.
    In their first game of the day against the Tigers, the Wolves (24-5) needed just three innings to score 12 runs in a run-rule win.
    Winning pitcher Jake Taylor threw four shutout innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out five.
    As good as Taylor was on the mound, he was even better at the plate, where he had a home run, a double and five RBI.
    Taylor’s three-run home run in the first inning gave the Wolves the early lead. Shawnee then put the game away with a five-run second inning.
    Teddy Robinson and Logan Franklin singled, while Tanner Sparks walked to load the bases. An Eli Davis single scored one and a walk by A.J. Barron drove in another run before Josh Rolette unloaded a three-run double to right field.
    Taylor added a sacrifice fly before the second inning ended. Rolette would score two more in the fourth with another bases loaded double and Taylor would follow with his double to make it 11-0.
    An RBI groundout by Bryce Beal capped the scoring.
    In the second game against the Highlanders the Wolves did all their damage in the later innings.
    MacArthur scored three in the top of the third to take an early lead and still led 3-2 before the Wolves scored four in the fifth and seven in the sixth for the run-rule victory.
    Sparks pitched six solid innings for the win, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out eight.
    Teddy Robinson, Franklin, Taylor and Rolette all had two hits apiece. Franklin finished with five runs batted in, while Robinson had three and Rolette two.
    The Wolves will start a crucial stretch of four district games next week beginning with a trip to Pryor on Tuesday. Road games at Pryor and McAlester on Thursday and Saturday will be sandwiched around a home game against Pryor on Friday.
    Shawnee and McAlester are tied atop the District 5A-4 standings at 9-1 in district play, while Pryor is 9-2 and Coweta 7-5. The top two teams in the district will host regional playoff tournaments in May.

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