DALE – The Asher Indians scored four runs in the first inning and hung on to beat Oktaha 4-2 Thursday morning at the Dale Pirate Invitational.
“We were very fortunate to get four runs in the first,” coach Shane Coker said. “We expect [Trevor] Martin to go out and not give up more than a couple runs. We are confident we can win with those four runs, but we can't make it a habit of scratching after the first inning.”
Asher's Jake Dobbs led off the first inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. The next batter, Ty Herndon grounded into a fielder's choice reaching base. Trevor Martin grounded out, advancing Herndon to third.
With Herndon on third, the Oktaha pitcher balked and allowed the first run to cross home plate.
The next batter, Patch Hamilton walked followed by back-to-back singles by Michal McDonald and Braden Sanders. With the bases loaded, Dylan Williamson walked, giving Asher a 2-0 advantage.
Bryson Martin drove in two runs, extending the Asher lead to 4-0, but was thrown out to end the inning.
From there, Martin took over on the mound He walked a few batters early but found his groove down the stretch, allowing one run in the fifth.
With the 4-1 lead, Coker turned to his bullpen and brought in Herndon who allowed one run and struck out two for his second save of the young season.
Bryson Martin was the only Asher player to record two hits in the game. Dobbs, Herndon, Hamilton, McDonald and Chase Eckart each had one hit in the game.
Hamilton and Williamson each drew two walks in the win.
Martin struck out 11 Oktaha batters for his first win of the season.
Asher's next game will be Friday at 8 p.m.