MEEKER – The bats were working for Meeker Saturday as they moved to 3-1 on the season with a pair of home wins against McLoud and Stroud. The Bulldogs opened the day with a 6-4 win over McLoud and capped off with a 9-5 comeback over Stroud.
Meeker coach Caven Herring said that his guys fought hard to get out ahead against McLoud and again to come back over Stroud.
“I thought they showed a lot of heart and effort and they just battled,” he said. “They were battling out at bats and doing things right defensively and trying to bring it all together.”
Raceton Sedlecek singled to drive in Cade Patterson in the bottom of the first and the Bulldogs rallied with three more runs in the inning to take an early 4-1 lead on McLoud. Dakota Gabbert hit a two-run double to center to bring in Sedlecek and Jacob Martin and Kade Brewster brought in Budgie Cameron on a groundout.
Sedlecek drove in Martin with a double in the second to give the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead through the first two innings.
McLoud coach Chris Olds said pitcher Wes Olds couldn't find his breaking ball and the Bulldogs took advantage of that to get ahead early.
“We were throwing fastballs and couldn't locate our curveball.. they put the ball in play and that was it,” coach Olds said.
Trailing 5-2 in the top of the fifth, McLoud got within a run of tying on a fielder's choice that scored Koalton Keller and Zac Green came home on a groundout by Wyatt Olds. Wyatt singled in the top of the first to bring in Wes Olds for the first run of the game.
Gabbert singled to drive in Sedlacek for some insurance in the fifth.
Johnny Jones came in to relieve Patterson from the mound in the sixth and seventh and the Bulldogs retired six of the the Redskins' next seven batters for the win.
The Redskins had a couple of opportunities that lined straight to Martin at short. That's how things go sometimes though, Herring said
“You go out there and you play the guys in front of you... you throw stirkes and you play good defense, grind out at-bats and sometimes good things will happen,” he said.
Martin and Selacek had three hits apiece with a double and Sedlacek drove in two runs. Gabbert drove in three runs on two hits and also doubled.
Wyatt Olds drove in two runs for McLoud and Wes Olds was walked twice.
Patterson gave up four runs on four hits from the mound. He walked four and struck out three. Jones fanned two and gave up one hit. Herring was happy with the performance he got out of his pitchers.
“We went out there, we threw strikes and we gave our defense a chance to work,” he said.
Wes Olds pitched four innings for McLoud and was replaced by Jaxton Pennington to start the bottom of the fifth. Olds gave up five runs on five hits, walked three and struck out six. Pennington gave up one run on four hits, walked one, struck out two and beaned one.
Coach Olds said his guys didn't have much energy to start the game but in the end Meeker just outplayed them.
“They did a heck of a job,” he said. “They played defense, they threw strikes, they're well coached, they did a good job.”
McLoud (2-1) travels to Tecumseh Monday at 5 p.m. and will host the Savages at the same time Tuesday. The Savages will be looking to secure their first win of the season after dropping their first four contests.
Meeker vs Stroud
Meeker followed up with a win over Stroud that saw them trailing 5-2 after the first four and half innings.
The Bulldogs got to work in the bottom of the fifth as Martin singled to score James Green and Sedlacek sacrificed to bring in Martin and get within one. Jones reached base on an error that allowed Cameron to score and tie the game at 5.
A wild pitch scored Chapman in the sixth and Patterson sacrificed to bring in Brewster to go ahead 7-5. Sedlacek doubled and Cameron singled to each drive in an insurance run.
Brewster was 2-3 as the only batter with multiple hits for Meeker and Sedlacek doubled and drove in two runs. Meeker took advantage of seven Stroud errors and scored nine runs on eight hits.
Cameron got the start on the bump and threw five innings to strike out and walk three and gave up five runs on six hits. Jones closed out, allowing one hit and striking out one and walking another.
The unranked Bulldogs travel to Chandler Monday to face No. 13 in Class 3A Chandler, who beat Prague 12-0 Saturday to move to 2-2 on the season.
Herring knows that the game will be a tough one and his guys will be the underdogs, but he expects his guys to play like they do every time.
“We're going to be what we are,” he said. “We're going to play the game one pitch at a time and we're going to grind out at bats and try to play good defense.”