SHAWNEE – After the first day of the Bill Tipton classic hosted by Shawnee, Carl Albert and Bishop McGuinness Thursday, Shawnee emerged unbeaten on their home turf. The Wolves held off Heritage Hall 5-3 to cap the day and routed Ardmore 19-9 to open things up.
“Coming into the day, we knew it was going to be a long day with the wind blowing out. We're just happy to get two wins,” coach Kevin Paxson said.
All of Shawnee's runs against Heritage Hall came in the first two innings and the Wolves were able to hold them off from there.
Jacob Hill and Jay Easley drove in back-to-back runs in the first and Kade Self scored on an error that otherwise would have been a routine groundout by Easley to plate Hill. Austin Wood singled to drive in Krew Taylor in the second and Self sacrificed to bring home Nick Bowlan.
The Wolves scattered hits the rest of the game, but couldn't get anything going on a consistent basis.
“Their guy settled in and started getting his breaking ball for a strike and the inside of the plate with his fastball and kinda shut us down,” Paxson said.
Hill and Wood each finished the game 2-3 with an RBI and Scout Cawvey was 3-4 and scored a run.
Brandon Eropkin gave up a lead-off double to Chandler Shepard in the fifth and walked two of his next three batters before being pulled for Easley to take over at the bump.
Easley walked Colby Lewis and Mart Smith hit a sacrifice to center to score Jake LeForce and cut into Shawnee's lead.
Smith doubled in the seventh to score Heritage Hall's final run.
Eropkin earned the win after giving up two earned run on two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He walked six and struck out seven. Easley allowed two hits, struck out three and walked four.
Landry Kyle was given the loss for the Chargers with five runs on 11 hits. He struck out five and walked one.
“A day like today, only allowing three runs, that's a good job,” Paxson said. “Wind blowing out about 30 miles an hour, you've just got to try to get in and out of the inning quick.”
Self was 3-3 against Ardmore and drove in five runs, including a bases clearing triple in the third that allowed him to score on a throwing error and lead 11-1.
“Kade's gonna hit the ball hard about every time he comes up to the plate,” Paxson said. “He did a great job.”
Ardmore rallied for six runs in the bottom of the third and Eropkin sent a two-run blast to right to start an eight run fourth for Shawnee.
Hill and Easley each singled to drive in two runs apiece and Bowlan doubled to drive in Cale Reed and Easley.
Hill and Easley were both 4-4 to drive in three runs and it was three's all around for Eropkin, who completed the game with three runs, hits and RBI in three at-bats. Eropkin, Bowlan and Self each had a double.
Carson Payne started on the mound and gave up seven runs, two earned, in three innings off five hits. Austin Gonzales closed things out and gave up two runs on one hit.
The Wolves (11-8) will play Lawton Macarthur today at 5 p.m. and will advance to the title game with a win.
The championship game will take place at Carl Albert at 2:30 Saturday. If Shawnee loses to Lawton, they will play at 2:30 at home Saturday instead.