MCLOUD – Josh Maddox and Wyatt Olds pitched a pair of shutouts for McLoud in 4-0 and 6-0 wins over Bethel Tuesday night at McLoud.
Maddox struck out 17, gave up two hits and walked three in the early game and Olds took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth. He struck out 12, gave up three hits and plunked three batters.
“We pitched well both games, played defense and executed with our bats,” McLoud coach Chris Olds said.
Terrell Dodson singled in the top of the first to end Maddox's no-hitter early on but the only other hit for the Wildcats was another single by Jaylon Gordon in the third. Bailey Raines took a walk in the second and Seth Jackson reached on an error for the only time in the game bethel put on back-to-back runners.
Zac Green singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth for the Redskins and Josh Brown tripled to center to drive Green in and came home himself to give McLoud a 2-0 lead.
Olds was brought in on a sacrifice by Brown in the sixth and Green came home for the final run of the game.
Green and Olds were each 2-3 and Olds had a triple in the bottom of the first. Brown tripled and drove in two runs.
Gordon was handed the loss on the mound, pitching the complete game. He gave up four runs on five hits, struck out one and walked two.
Maddox put on an impressive showing to start the day and set up Olds in the late game.
“Josh Maddox did the same thing the first game, he dealt too,” coach Olds said.
Ben Lauck got the start on the mound for the Wildcats in the night cap and gave up three runs on six hits, walked three and struck out two for the loss. Cache Hankins relieved him in the fifth and finished the game. He gave up two runs on two hits, struck out two and walked one.
Josh Brown singled in the top of the first and Olds and Green each scored to give McLoud a 2-0 lead early on.
Damian Dye hit a single in the second to drive in Koalton Keller for a 3-0 lead and Olds doubled to score Dye in the fifth.
Maddox sacrificed to center in the seventh to bring home Olds and Brown brought Green in for the final run of the game.
Koalton Keller nearly sent a two-run shot over the right field wall, but the hit went just slightly foul and resulted in a long strike one instead.
The Wildcats loaded the bags in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Gordon and Dodson and a HBP to Cameron Egger. Gordon nearly scored from third one a wild pitch but was called out on the tag at home to end the inning.
Coach Olds said Wyatt, a University of Oklahoma commit, has been working on being more consistent since players tend to try to get as many pitches as they can from him to get him out of games.
“There's a lot of people that are going to take a lot of pitches on him just to make him run his pitch count up so we're trying to pound the zone,” coach Olds said. “I was proud of him tonight. He threw well, challenged them up and made them put the ball in play.”
Brown drove in three runs and Green was walked twice in the win. Wyatt Olds was 3-4 and Dye was 2-4, each with doubles, and Wes Olds was 1-3 with a double.
Bethel coach Lincoln Dearing said his kids are improving and are on the edge of becoming a solid team with quality wins. Right now they need to worry about breaking down and winning each individual inning instead of the complete game, he said.
“We're real close... a couple of plays here and there, a couple innings where we just do something just a little bit different, I think we have the chance to turn the game around,” Dearing said.
McLoud (9-10) will host Seminole today at 4:30 in another district contest. They have won four of their last five games, starting with a 5-3 win April 3, that gave Heritage Hall their first loss of the season.
“It gave our kids some confidence,” Coach Olds said. “Heritage Hall was 15-0 and we came in and knocked them off. The night before we go extra innings, 10 innings with them and that's a one run ballgame, but that one doesn't work out but we win the next one. We're playing better, we've just got to keep playing better.”
Bethel will play host to Meeker Bethany Thursday for a pair of games on Military Night. First pitch for the early game will be at 5 p.m. and the late game will follow after a short break. They will be a Meeker Saturday.