By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
Turpin pitchers Jordon Lujan and Kyler Musgrave struckout a combined 20 batters, and allowed just two hits, as the Turpin Cardinals defeated the Tyrone Bobcats, 6-1; 6-1.
“We were a little sluggish. Jordan and Kyler pitched well, and we put the ball in play, and we did cut down on the errors,” Cardinals manager Mario Mendoza said.
Lujan took the mound in Game 1, striking out 11 and allowing only two walks. The Bobcats only run was unearned.
Tyrone's Willie Stater pitched for the Bobcats, and kept the Cardinals at bay for the first two innings, allowing just one run on an odd play. George Dominguez hit a ground ball to right that should have been a single, but went past the right fielder. Dominguez motored all the way home to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the third with the game tied at 1, Musgrave hit an RBI triple. Dominguez hit a sac-fly to center on the next pitch to score Musgrave to put Turpin up, 4-1.
Turpin added two more in the fourth, and held Tyrone scoreless the rest of the way for the win.
Eric Bromlow finished with a hit, two stolen bases, and a run scored. Cade McIntyre had two walks, three stolen bases and a run scored. Lujan was 1-2 with a walk, two stolen bases and an RBI.
For Tyrone, Austin Olson with two walks and a run scored.
“We had five players missing for various reasons,” Bobcats manager Clay Witt said. “We threw strikes and made them hit the ball and Turpin did. We didn't hit the ball well enough to give ourselves a chance to win. We're still getting better with a young team.”
In Game 2, .it was Musgrave on the mound collecting nine strikeouts, while allowing just one hit and two walks.
Tyrone's Tanner Hurst struggled early, giving up a walk and two hits to the first four batters he faced as Turpin built a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Hurst settled down, retiring five of the next six batters he faced.
But in the third, Hurst walked Hunter Clark, then gave up a double to Musgrave, and Dominguez reached on an error as Turpin went up 5-0.
Tyrone did get on the board in the fourth when Ryon Reece reached on a walk, stole second and third, and came home on a Willie Slater single.
Turpin added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning when Clark singled in Lujan who had reached after a walk.
Clark was 2-2 with a walk, two RBI, four stolen bases, and two runs scored. Lujan finished the game with two walks, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Musgrave doubled, scored a run and had a stolen base.
Turpin (15-5) is done with the regular season, and will host their district tournament, Thursday April 24th and 25th.
Tyrone is schedule to take on the Liberal JV this Thursday before heading to Beaver for their district tournament next Monday