Heading into Tuesday’s Class 5A baseball regional, the Shawnee Wolves were looking for a win against the Western Heights Jets. They found what they were looking for and then some, as they throttled the Jets 23-5 to set up a date with the top-ranked Chickasha Fighting Chicks today at noon.
Heading into Tuesday’s Class 5A baseball regional, the Shawnee Wolves were looking for a win against the Western Heights Jets.
They found what they were looking for and then some, as they throttled the Jets 23-5 to set up a date with the top-ranked Chickasha Fighting Chicks today at noon.
The Wolves are 0-3 against Chickasha this season, but two of the Chicks’ wins were against a short-handed Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack started early against Western Heights as Saulyer Saxon led off the top of the first with a single to left. After two pop flies, Derek Hawkins cranked a two-run homer over the center field wall to give Shawnee a 2-0 lead. That was just the tip of the iceburg for the hard-hitting third baseman.
“After his home run, he told me that the ball looked really big today,” said SHS head coach Todd Boyer.
Hawkins went 4-for-6, hitting two two-run homers and two two-run doubles for eight runs batted in.
The Wolves added three runs in the top of the second inning with the majority of the damage coming off the bat of Tajhler Phillips. Phillips laced a two-out triple to center to score Tyler Wilburn and Patrick Williamson. Garret Ansell scored earlier in the inning on an error by the pitcher, who threw wildly to first base.
Shawnee led 5-0 after two innings and increased it to 6-0 in the third. Ansell showed his power on a two-out solo home run to left field.
Wolfpack starting pitcher Dakota Blanchard cruised through two scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the third on back-to-back doubles by the Jets. Western Heights scored three runs to cut its deficit in half.
The Jets inched even closer in the bottom of the fourth, when they scored two more runs. With runners on first and second and two outs, Blanchard was relieved by Hawkins. Ricky Sanchez greeted Hawkins with a two-run double to left to make the score 6-5.
After a scoreless fifth, the Shawnee batters took over. In the top of the sixth, Hawkins and Derek Allen doubled for a combined three RBIs. Phillips knocked in another run with single to center, bringing home Saxon. Shawnee led 10-5 but was far from done.
The top of the seventh produced an onslaught of 13 runs on 12 hits and two Western Heights errors. Three Jet pitchers faced 19 Wovles in the outburst.
Hawkins had a two-run double, then topped it with a two-run homer that sailed over the scoreboard in left field. Allen recorded his second double of the game, and Phillips drove in two runs on a single.
Phillips finished the game at 4-for-5 with five RBIs. Allen was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs.
“It was a good win for us,” Boyer said. “I hope this will give us some momentum going in against Chickasha.”