SHAWNEE—It took an extra inning, but the Shawnee Wolves earned their second win of the season with a 5-4 win over the Southmoore Sabercats, Thursday evening.
Trailing 4-3, heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wolves needed at least one run to stay alive. Kade Self answered the call with a lead-off single setting the stage for the tying run by Creed Killgore. Austin Gonzales, who was courtesy running for Self, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jacob Hill, then came in to tie the game on the RBI double to left field by Killgore.
That sent the game into the eighth inning and onto the arm of freshman Morgan Lunceford.
Lunceford came into the game in relief of starter Cale Reed in the top of the sixth inning.
Lunceford, in two and two-thirds innings, gave up no hits,m no runs and struck out five Sabercats.
“He's (Lunceford) pretty special for a freshman,” said Shawnee head coach Kevin Paxson. “He's one of the top freshmen in the state.”
In the top half of the eighth, Lunceford did hit a batter and gave up a walk, but regained his composure striking out two to end any Southmoore threat.
In the bottom of the inning, Sabercat pitcher Jordan Howerton, hit Scout Cawvey then hit Austin Wood to set the table for senior Cade Self. Self delivered with a sharply hit single up the middle, scoring speedster Cawvey for the win.
“That was a dream situation with Cawvey at second and Self at the plate,” said Paxson. Self went 3-for-5 on the night and drove in the winning run.
The Wolves fought an uphill battle the entire game.
Southmoore scored a run in the first and another in the third to take a 2-0 lead into the bottom half of the fifth inning. That's when the Shawnee bats finally woke up. Or better yet, the bunt game.
Nick Bowlan singled to start the fifth and moved to second on a bunt single by Cawvey. Wood followed up with another bunt single, but the Southmoore third baseman launched an errant throw, scoring Bowlan and Cawvey. That tied the game at 2-2, but the Wolves weren't done. Wood ended up at third after the wild throw and aftermath then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Jacob Hill, giving Shawnee the 3-2 lead after five.
Southmoore answered with two more runs in the top half of the sixth, setting up the final two innings of winning baseball by the Wolves.
Cale Reed started for the Wolves and pitched five and a third innings. He gave up four runs on five hits, three runs were earned. He struck out six Sabercats.
The Wolves improve to 2-1 on the young season and will travel to face Carl Albert today.