SHAWNEE – The Shawnee baseball team battled back to take Tuesday's home game against Stillwater into extra innings, but compounding mistakes cost them a 6-2 loss after eight innings.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Stillwater's Conner Driskill reached on a single to right and Braedyn Sommer got on after a dropped catch in center. Driskill would have been out at second to keep the mistake from having much effect, but a bobbled catch at second kept the Wolves from getting the force and put runners at first and second.
Tyler Watson doubled to the gap between left and center and the Pioneers went ahead 4-2. Stillwater added two more on single by Caleb Case and a sacrifice by Jake Phillips.
Jay Easley got a one out single for the Wolves in the bottom of the inning, but Shawnee was unable to get anything else to happen.
On top of the late errors, the Wolves kept six runners stranding in scoring position that would have kept them from having to go to the extra frame.
“The errors came at an unfortunate time, you know I think we lost the game earlier when we stranded runners,” Shawnee coach Kevin Paxson said.
The Wolves loaded up the bases in the bottom of the sixth on singles from Carson Payne, Easley and Nick Bowlan, but Scout Cawvey went down looking to keep them from scoring.
Cale Reed responded to adversity on the mound and grew stronger as the game went on, pitching for the first seven innings before being replaced by Payne.
Stillwater went three up, three down in the seventh as Reed earned his fifth strikeout of the game to retire the side. He got out of bases loaded jams in the fifth and sixth innings.
“It was a great performance by him, he got better as the game went on, I was proud of the way he threw tonight,” Paxson said.
Reed gave up two runs on seven hits, walked three and beaned one. Payne gave up three hits and walked one.
Paxson considered pulling Reed after the bases juiced, but had confidence in his pitcher and his senior experience. He knows he can rely on him in a jam.
“For us to get where we want to go, he's going to have to be a big part of it for us,” Paxson said.
Both of Shawnee's runs came in the fourth on a double by Morgan Lunceford. Kade Self, Payne and Easley each reached via error and Lunceford doubled to right to bring in Self and Payne and tie up at 2.
Self reached on a walk in the bottom of the seventh but a failed hit and run on a popup to third by Creed Killgore left Self unable to make it back from second in time and Stillwater doubled up to send the game into extra innings.
Easley was 2-4 with a pair of singles and Austin Wood, Lunceford and Luis Villalobos each doubled. The Wolves struck out 10 times and seven were backwards.
The loss was the second to Stillwater in as many days, but Paxson saw some improvements that he liked.
“I was proud of the way our guys bounced back after a tough game,” he said. “We didn't play very good yesterday.”
Shawnee falls to 3-3 on the season after back-to-back losses to Stillwater. The Wolves host McAlester Friday at 4:30 p.m.