A five-run fifth helped the Wolves to a 9-2 win over the Tigers, giving them the lead in District 5A-4.
A five-run fifth inning helped the Shawnee Wolves take control of Tuesday’s game against Pryor, and with it, their playoff destiny, in a 9-2 home win over the Tigers.
The Wolves (25-5, 10-1) now own a 1.5 game lead over Pryor in the race for the top two spots in District 5A-4. Coupled with Coweta’s 10-4 win at McAlester Tuesday, the Wolves now own a one-game lead over the Buffaloes in the loss column.
The top two teams will host regional playoff tournaments next week.
Shawnee clung to a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth after scoring three runs in the first inning but stranding five runners in the third and fourth innings. Jake Taylor led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.
Teddy Robinson followed with a two-out single to drive in Taylor. Robinson advanced to second on the throw home then scored on Tanner Sparks’s triple to left centerfield.
A pair of infield errors, a walk, a wild pitch and a single by Josh Rolette scored three more runs and made it 8-2.
The Wolves would another run in the bottom of the sixth for the final margin.
“We swung at some better pitches,” Shawnee head coach Todd Boyer said. “We swung the bats with authority and put some pressure on them and they kicked the ball around. It was a big win for us.”
Eli Davis moved his record to 8-1 on the season by dominating his final four innings after a shaky start. An error followed by a double by Spencer Henson gave the Tigers (16-14, 9-4) an early 1-0.
A passed ball and a wild pitch led to a second Pryor run in the second inning, but Davis followed with four straight shutout innings before Rolette finished the game by pitching a perfect seventh.
Davis finished with 11 strikeouts on the night, overcoming early command issues.
“Eli gave us a good performance,” Davis said. “He was missing real bad with the fastball early; he was supposed to be throwing in a lot and he missed away. But the third through the sixth innings, he had control of his slider and his breaking ball. Anytime he has command of those he’s going to give people fits.”
The Wolves will play at Coweta on Thursday, at Pryor on Friday and at McAlester on Saturday. Wins in all three will clinch a district title for the Wolves.
“We kind of control our own destiny,” Boyer said.