SHAWNEE – Freshman Morgan Lunceford made a strong showing on the mound and Shawnee earned their first district win of the season Monday as the Wolves defeated Tulsa Union 2-1 at Shawnee.
Lunceford struck out nine batters for the win on the mound and gave up one run on four hits.
“He's probably one of the top freshmen in the state, one of the best arms around,” coach Kevin Paxson said. “He did just what we thought he'd do.”
Kade Self homered to get the Wolves on the board in the bottom of the first with a shot over the right field wall.
Self doubled to lead off the fourth and advanced to third on a passed ball. Jay Easley sent a sacrifice to center to bring him home and take a 2-1 lead.
“We just kind of stuck with our center field approach... and the guys executed,” Paxson said.
Tulsa singled and doubled in the top of the fourth for their only run of the game.
Austin Wood saved Union from scoring a run in the top of the sixth and tying back up. Wood fumbled a grounder to third but threw a long dagger to Justin Johnson at first to end the inning and keep a run from coming in.
The Wolves had five hits as a team, led by Self, who went 2-3 with his double and homer. Jacob Hill was 2-3 with a pair of singles and Easley went 0-2 but drove in one run. Nick Bowlan drew the only walk of the game for Shawnee and Johnson had a single after replacing Luis Villalobos in the second, who suffered an injury.
The win was a big one for the Wolves, who suffered losses in their first four district games prior.
“That was a great win,” Paxson said. “We haven't been able to play in a week, and any time you get on the field and get a chance to play, it's always good to get a win.”
Shawnee (9-7) travels to Union today for the final game of the series and will host the Bill Tipton Tournament this Thursday through Saturday.