PRAGUE – The Lions of Chandler used four innings to run-rule Prague 12-0 in their semifinal game of the 66 Conference Tournament at Prague Thursday. Chandler beat Okemah 15-7 earlier in the day and Prague took down Meeker 10-7.
“I just told them you can't be complacent with getting a win this morning," Chandler coach Dillon Endecott said. "You've got to come out and be ready to go and I think we did a great job of that.”
Prague's Mason Cooper got the start for the visitors but found himself in a tough spot early on after walking the first three batters faced in a seven-run bottom of the first. Chabon Anderson reached on a fielder's choice to bring in Ben Schroeder and Casey Yeager singled to right to drive in Nick Curto. Garret Thomsen followed with a single to right to bring in two more runs and kept pounding to lead 7-0 after the first.
Thomsen doubled to bring in two more runs in the second and was hit by a pitch with bases loaded to score the final run of the game in the third and end the game on a 12-after-3 run-rule.
Thomsen was 2-2 and drove in five runs to lead the Lions at the plate. Schroeder, Anderson and Drake Irby were each walked twice and scored twice.
Cooper walked seven, struck out three and gave up 12 runs on six hits before being replaced by Branom Bailey with one out in the fourth. Bailey walked two and hit Thomsen.
Hutch Underwood started for Chandler and gave up two singles and sat down two. He didn't register a walk. Underwood typically plays the part of a reliever, but with the tournament schedule, Endecott needed him to start and liked what he got out of him.
“With some arms and the rest that we have to give, I needed him to go and he stepped up and did a great job,” he said.
Prague will face McLoud for third-place at 1 p.m. at Prague. The Lions will play Stroud in the championship game Saturday at 3 p.m. at Prague. Irby is expected to get the start.
“We've got what we need to have on the mound ready to go, and if we come out like that nobody can beat us,” Endecott said.
Meeker run-rules Okemah
PRAGUE – After a 10-7 blow by Prague in their opening game of the 66 Conference Tournament at Prague Thursday, the Meeker Bulldogs took advantage of eight Okemah errors to take a 10-2 run-rule win in their second game.
“We did what we were supposed to do, came out, hit the ball, strung stuff together and played good defense,” Meeker coach Caven Herring said.
The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third on an error that allowed Jacob Martin to score from first and Raceton Sedlacek on base and advanced to second.
A grounder into center drove in a run for Okemah to tie it up at 2, but a two-run second half gave the Bulldogs the lead back.
Dakota Gabbert led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to short and was later brought home as Caleb Chapman took a walk with bases loaded. Sedlacek reached on a fielder's choice to drive in another run with two outs as Okemah tried for the force at second but was too late.
Meeker added three more runs to the cushion in the fifth on an error, a Jacob Sellers sacrifice and a double steal that brought James Green home as Okemah was distracted by Chapman running to second.
The game was the first for the Bulldogs in more than a week due to weather and cancellations.
“We haven't played since last Monday and I think it kinda showed in the first game," Herring said. "Hopefully we can get back in the groove and we can get back to what we were doing.”
Gabbert went 3-3, scored three runs and doubled and Chapman was 1-2, walked twice and drove in one run. Sellers was 1-4 with two RBI, Sedlacek was 1-3 with an RBI and Green walked twice.
Cameron struck out six, walked four and gave up two runs on five hits.
“He did a good job," Herring said. "Go out there and throw strikes and play defense and you've got a good chance in any ballgame you play.”
Meeker will play Holdenville at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prague in the fifth-place game.
Anderson, Bloomer ignite Prague victory
by contributing writer Fred Fehr
PRAGUE — Alex Anderson and Isaac Bloomer went 3-for-5 Thursday in Prague’s 10-7 victory over Meeker at the 66 Conference Tournament.
Both players doubled. Bloomer drove in three runs and scored three times. Anderson scored twice.
Meeker threw a scare into Prague by scoring three times in the bottom of the seventh before being retired to end the game.
Kade Brewster led Meeker’s nine-hit attack by going 3-for -5 with a double. Brewster scored three times and drove in two.
Jacob Martin also doubled for Meeker. Bulldog three-hole hitter Budgie Cameron was on base four times with two hits and two walks.
Cullen Davis hurled the first four innings for Prague, followed by Jake Schultz and Anderson. Brewster, Johnny Jones and Raceton Sedlacek pitched for Meeker with Sedlacek going the final five innings.
Meeker stranded 14 baserunners.