Ignited by dominating pitching performances by Tanner Sparks and Eli Davis, Shawnee recorded victories over McAlester (14-3) and Red Oak (4-1) Saturday.
McALESTER — Ignited by dominating pitching performances by Tanner Sparks and Eli Davis, Shawnee recorded victories over McAlester (14-3) and Red Oak (4-1) Saturday.
Sparks, in just four innings of work against McAlester, fanned 10 batters. He struck out the side in both the third and fourth innings.
McAlester posted three hits, two walks and two runs (one earned) opposite Sparks, who has committed to Oklahoma State.
The game was stopped after five innings on the run rule. Jake Taylor, another OSU commit, allowed one run in one inning. He fanned two and walked two.
Shawnee accumulated 12 hits as Sparks went 4 for 4 (all singles) and drove in two runs.
Cade Self blasted a 3-run home run in the second inning and added two singles in a 3-of-4 outing. It was his first home run of the year.
Davis notched two singles.
The Wolves scored in four of five innings, including a six-run outburst in the second.
Opposite Red Oak, ranked No. 2 in Class B, Shawnee took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when A.J. Barron reached on an error and eventually scored on an error.
Red Oak tied the game at 1 in the top of the sixth, only to have SHS score three times in the bottom of the frame.
Taylor led off the sixth with a single and Self induced a one-out walk. After Cole Payne delivered a run-scoring singe to left, making it 2-1, pinch-hitter Austin Wood was hit by a pitch, loading the sacks. Saul Villegas proceeded to walk, making it 3-1, and Creed Killgore drove in the final run on a groundout.
“We had to leave Shawnee for McAlester about 7 a.m. because we had pushed the games up,” Shawnee coach Todd Boyer said. “The kids showed up with an excitement and energy. Tanner threw well.”
Of Red Oak, Boyer said, “I think they are the best team we’ve played this year. They’ve won six of the last eight Class B titles and they really have a good team. Eli also threw really well.”
Shawnee, 7-0, will be idle until Thursday at Deer Creek. The Wolves will challenge Hilldale at noon and Norman at 2:30.
Note: Report compiled by contributing writer Fred Fehr.