Walk-off balk: Hooker takes Game 1 in extra innings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 April 2014 09:29

By JASON EPP

Leader & Times

TURPIN, Okla. — After stranding the game-winning run on third base in the bottom of  the seventh and eighth innings, Hooker decided to gamble with a gadget play. With runners on first and third, Hooker got Turpin pitcher Matt Young, who had just taken the mound, to balk, allowing Hutton Parsons to make the joyous jog to home plate for a 6-5 extra innings win.

The win gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in what is essentially a best-of-three series between Hooker and Turpin after both teams opened the district tournament with wins over Buffalo.

"We ran a little early break play," Bulldogs manager Chad Hussey said. "Sometimes that will work, but more times than not we've run ourselves out of an inning. But if you're not used to it, and they had a new pitcher in, so we took a chance."

Tied at four a piece, Hooker had a golden opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. Hunter Brown led off the inning with a double to center field. Jaden Valles reached on an error, and then Turpin intentionally walked Parsons to load the bases with no outs.

Turpin's Jordan Lujan struck out the next two batters. Third baseman Eric Bromlow fielded a grounder and stepped on third for the force out that allowed the Cardinals to escape and send the game to extra innings.

"That inning showed a lot of character," Cardinals manager Mario Mendoza said.

The inning that proved too costly for the Cardinals was the fifth.

Leading 4-1, Turpin put out the first two Bulldog batters. A walk put Brandon Gomez on. Lujan was able to get Brown to pop up to center, but the ball grazed off the edge of centerfielder Hunter Brown's glove to keep the inning alive.

Turpin committed three errors and walked two batters in the inning as Hooker got three runs across to tie the game at four.

"They made the plays and we didn't make the plays," Mendoza said. "Three errors in one inning; you can't have that this late in the season."

Turpin broke up a 1-1 tie in the fourth when Young doubled to left. Young stole third, and then reached home when the catcher's throw to third got past the third baseman. Cade McIntire reached on an error, and Kenny Holmes hit an RBI double to deep center to put Turpin up, 3-1.

Lujan poked a shot over the infielders to shallow left to lead off the fifth. He then stole second and third, and scored on overthrow to third to make the score 4-1.

Hooker finished the game with six hits and 10 men on base. They also committed seven errors and gave up two walks.

Turpin had three hits and left six men on base. The Cardinals committed seven errors and walked five batters.

Jordan McFarland pitched all nine innings for the Bulldogs, allowing just three hits, two walks, while striking out six.

Jordon Lujan pitched eight innings for the Cardinals, but had to leave the mound after reaching the inning limit for the two day tournament. Lujan allowed six hits, three walks, and struckout 13.

Hunter Brown went 3-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored for the Bulldogs. Hutton Parsons was 1-2 with a double, two walks, two stolen bases, and the game-winning run. Brandon Gomez was 1-3 with two walks, and two runs scored.

For Turpin, Kyler Musgrave reached bases safely four of five at bats and scored a run. Eric Bromlow was 2-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.

Turpin and Hooker will face off today at 10 am. If Hooker wins, they are district champions. If Turpin wins, the two will face off again at noon for the title.

Hooker 11, Buffalo 0

The Hooker Bulldogs took advantage of Buffalo Bison walks and errors to win by run-rule 11-0 in five innings.

Hooker scored four runs off of four walks, and error and an infield hit in the top of the first to take a 4-0 lead.

Jordan Kennedy led off the second with a triple. Jaden Valles brought Kennedy and Brown, who had walked, in with an in-the-park homerun to put Hooker up 7-0 after two.

Buffalo had a runner on third in each of the first two innings and had both tagged out on a pickoff move for third outs.

Hooker added two more in the fourth. Ross Daves doubled to lead off the fifth, followed by singles by Kennedy and Brandon Gomez to score the final two.

Kennedy pitched all five innings and allowed just two hits.

Turpin 7, Buffalo 5

The Turpin Cardinals survived a late Bison rally to avoid the upset, 7-5.

Heading into the seventh inning Turpin held a comfortable 7-2 lead. Buffalo pushed one run across early in the inning, but Turpin's Kyler Musgrave managed to strike out two, to put the Cardinals only one out away from the win.

Buffalo battled back with three straight doubles, scoring two more runs with another in scoring position. But a fly ball to left ended the threat and the game.

Turpin took a 2-0 lead in the second when Matt Young singled and Eric Bromlow doubled. Cade McIntire's sac fly scored Bromlow.

Turpin scored two more in the fifth and in the sixth. Each time Lujan singled followed by Hunter Clark reaching on an error with both scoring runs.

Musgrave and Lujan combined to strikeout 14 batters, allowing six hits and three walks.

 

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