The Shawnee Wolves defeated East Central and Grove by a combined score of 43-1 to move to within one game of the state tournament.
A pair of big innings carried the Shawnee Wolves to two blow out wins on the first day of their 5A East regional at Memorial Park on Wednesday.
The Wolves (30-5) scored 19 runs in the fourth inning of a 25-0 win over East Central in the first game, then scored 11 runs in the seventh inning of an 18-1 win over Grove in their second game.
Shawnee will play the winner of an elimination game between Grove and Tulsa Edison at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, weather permitting. A win in that game would put the Wolves in next week’s state tournament. A loss would force an if-necessary game on Friday afternoon.
The Wolves scored at least one run in each of the first three innings of their win over the Cardinals, building a 6-0 lead before the wheels completely fell off for East Central. Shawnee took advantage of four walks, four hit batters and three errors while getting 10 hits, six of which went for extra bases.
Jake Taylor hit two triples in the inning and three for the game, finishing with six RBIs.
It took the Wolves a little longer to blow out Grove in their second game. The Ridgerunners (20-15) edged Tulsa Edison 5-3 in their first round game to advance to face Shawnee, and Grove starter Jake Spychalski held the Wolves somewhat in check in the early going.
Spychalski, making his first start in three weeks due to a shoulder injury, gave up four runs in five innings of work, striking out four before exiting with a 4-1 deficit.
With Spychalski out of the game, the Shawnee offense went to work. Three consecutive singles by Tanner Sparks, Logan Franklin and Eli Davis kickstarted a rally in the sixth inning that led to three runs.
Taylor, who had a two-run single in the second inning, added a run-scoring base hit in the sixth to make it 7-1.
The Wolves were just getting started, getting six hits and taking advantage of four walks and a hit batter issued by Grove hitting in their 11-run seventh. Landon Harper hit a three-run double while Logan Franklin added a two-run base hit.
Davis got the win on the mound in the second game, overcoming a ragged start to shut down Grove over seven innings of work. Two walks and three errors led to the Ridgerunners’ only run in the first inning. Davis allowed five hits and hit one batter over the final six innings, striking out 11 batters.
Teddy Robertson got the win in game one, allowing two hits and striking out three in three innings of work.
Edison defeated East Central 20-0 in the fourth and final game on Wednesday, eliminating the Cardinals. Edison and Grove will have a rematch in an elimination game at 3 p.m. on Thursday, with the winner advancing to meet the Wolves.