By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
BEAVER, Okla—The Beaver Dusters scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning despite having just one ball leave the infield, as Tyrone committed four errors to set the game's tone early. Beaver polished off the Bobcats in four-and-a-half innings to take Game 1 of the district tournament, 16-2.
Fernando Castillo picked up the win allowing just one hit and seven walks while striking out nine.
“ I was pleased with Fernando (Castillo),” Dusters manager Casey Jones said. “We wanted to save Linville for Shattuck. We told him to just throw strikes and we'll make plays behind him, and we did. He pitched a really good game.”
AfterBeaver took a 6-0 lead in the first, Tyrone got on the board in the second without a hit. Gage Schoolcraft reached on a walk, then stole second and third, then came home on a wild throw on a pickoff move to third.
Beaver scored one in the second when Hadley Skaggs scored on a fielder's choice to make the score 7-1 in favor of the Dusters.
Beaver's Emory Tillman singled to right-center to lead of the bottom of the third. A pair of walks then loaded the bases. Courtesy runner Drake Scott scored on a fielder's choice, and Andrew Linville scored on a wild pitch. Skaggs singled to right to score Andrew Jesko to put the Dusters up 10-1 heading into the fourth.
Tyrone had two runners on with only one out in the top of the fourth. Schoolcraft scored on a wild pitch, but two straight plays by the Duster infield ended the threat.
Bobcat pitchers continued to struggle, giving up six walks in the fourth as the game got out of hand. Beaver scored six more runs despite collecting just one hit to go up 16-2.
Beaver held Tyrone without a run in the fourth to win by run-rule.
Shattuck 12, Tyrone 0
In Game 2 of the district tournament, despite Tyrone cutting down on the errors that plagued them in the first game, could not match the experience and talent level of the Shattuck Indians.
I challenged them after the first game,” Bobcats manager Clay Witt said.”We didn't have the kind of effort we want to have. We did in Game 2, but Shattuck is just a really good team.”
Shattuck pitching controlled the game throughout, allowing just one hit and no walks.
Shattuck scored three in the first, and led 7-0 after two. Tyrone held Shattuck scoreless with a 3-up-3-down third inning.
Tanner Hurst got the Bobcats only hit with a single in the fourth..
A two RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth made the score 10-0, and a pair of runs scored on wild pitches ended the game.
Shattuck 12, Beaver 2
A few critical errors early and a bad inning late proved to costly for the Beaver Dusters who dropped Game 3 of the district tournament to Shattuck, 12-2.
“We booted the ball around, and against a team like Shattuck you have to make the simple plays and even a couple outstanding plays to have a chance to win,” Jones said.
Shattuck's first run of the game came when a wild pitch moved the runner to third, and another allowed him to score. Shattuck scored another on a fielder's choice.
Beaver ended the inning when a Shattuck baserunner was caught in a well executed pick-off play.
The Dusters continued to struggle on defense in the third when the lead-off single went to second on an overthrow and later scored on an infield hit. A second run scored on a wild pitch after moving to third on a passed ball to take a 4-0 lead.
Beaver again ended the inning by catching a Shattuck baserunner with a pick-off play.
The Dusters got two runners on in the third for the first time in the game when Jesko walked, and Castillo reached with a bloop hit to shallow center.
But two straight strikeouts ended hopes of any runs coming across.
Shattuck added another run in the top of the fourth after a bad throw on a pick-off play to second ended up in center field.
Thomas Konkel singled to right and Chayce Davidson walked. Konkel then stole third, but again two straight strikeouts ended the Dusters hopes of a rally.
Shattuck added one in the fifth to go up 6-0. Beaver took advantage of two walks to start the inning when Jesko scored on a wild pitch. Konkel put the ball in play with an infield hit that scored Castillo to make the score 6-2.
But it all fell apart in the top of the six. A dribbler to second that should have been a double play resulted in no outs was followed by two walks. A pair of singles followed, then a double off the left field wall made the score 12-2.
Shattuck ended the game with a double play.
Beaver and Shattuck will meet today at 2 pm in Beaver. If Beaver wins, the two teams will play again at 4pm for the district title.