SHAWNEE – It was a messy game Friday night between Shawnee and Putnam City, but the Pirates gave the Wolves a lot of help in Shawnee's 13-7 win. The Shawnee Showdown game lasted five innings before being called for time constraints in the tournament and saw four errors by Putnam City along with seven passed balls and wild pitches for runs.
“Any time you play and get a win, you're happy," coach Kevin Paxson said. "It's been a long day, there was a little lack of focus there for a couple of innings, but we battled back and got the job done.”
Things got out of hand in the bottom of the second as Shawnee scored seven runs to take a 9-1 lead. The first hit of the game didn't come until Kade Self doubled to right to score Krew Taylor as Self advanced to third. Self came home on a wild pitch and Jacob Hill scored the final run of the inning on a bad throw from the plate as he was stealing third.
“We were just patient, we knew that he was struggling locating his pitches and just told our guys to be patient and look for one pitch and put a good swing on it,” Paxson said.
The Pirates made a pitching change to Jakob Logan. Justin Johnson and Nick Bowlan singled and Scout Cawvey struck out to close the inning.
Four of the second inning runs scored on wild pitches and passed balls and The Pirates went through two catchers and one pitcher in that time frame.
The Pirates got two back on a pair of walks in the third and rallied with four runs on three hits in the fifth to cut Shawnee's lead down to two but the Wolves came back to life in the bottom half.
Self singled to third to drive in Cawvey in the bottom of the fifth to add some insurance for Shawnee. Jay Easley followed up with a hit up the middle to score Taylor but instead of going for the easy out, Pirates second baseman Kase Spybuck threw home to try to get out Self and sailed the ball over catcher John Nichol's glove to score. Easley scored in the same way as Hill did in the second, on a wide throw to third on an attempted pick.
Self was 2-3 with a double and drove in two runs and Creed Killgore doubled and was walked twice. Taylor reached base three times on walks and scored all three times. Shawnee took 12 walks as a team and turned eight of those into runs scored.
Brandon Eropkin started for the Wolves and gave up seven runs on three hits and sat down six. Austin Gonzales closed and allowed no runs on one hit and struck out three.
The big break between the middle of the second to the stop of the third threw Eropkin off his game for an early departure, Paxson said.
“I think Brandon was doing well but then we had a long break in between that long second inning and it was kind hard on a cool night to bounce back," he said. "He made pitches, unfortunately they got some swinging bunts and jammed hits, and that happens. Make an error here and there and then look at it and they're back in the game. That's baseball.”
The Wolves played Southmoore Friday morning in the tournament to come away with a 6-1 win.
Morgan Lunceford earned the win on the mound, striking out nine and giving up three hits and an unearned run.
Self went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and drove in one run and Easley doubled, scored twice and had an RBI.
Shawnee (7-5) will play McAlester today at 12:30 for their final game of the tournament. The Wolves beat McAlester 12-4 earlier in the season.