Turpin's Justin McIntyre and Andrew Bowers catch a Beaver Dusters baserunner in a rundown during Monday's district tournament game. Turpin got the out and the win, 7-4. Leader & Times photo/ by Jason Epp
By JASON EPP
• Leader & Times
Game 1: Turpin 7, Beaver 4
TURPIN, Okla. — Jake Zeilke and Chance Dye (2 RBI, run scored) led off the second with back-to-back doubles in the second as the Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Beaver countered in the third, scoring two runs off of Cardinal errors. Turpin steadily added to their lead, scoring one run in each of the next four innings, while stranding six more base runners during that same time.
Andrew Bowers lead the Cardinals at the plate and from the mound, picking up the complete game win. From the plate Bowers was 2 of 2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored and an rbi. From the mound Bowers struck out eight, walked five, and only allowed one earned run. Clinton Toney also batted in two runs for Turpin. The Dusters Cody Sutton was 2 of 3 with a walk and two runs scored. Kalen Gabel had a double and three rbi.
Game 2: Hooker 17, Beaver 11
Collecting both a double play and a triple play was not enough for the Beaver Dusters to slow down the Hooker Bulldogs offense in a game that eliminated the Dusters from district play. Beaver battled with the Bulldogs early on, even leading 4-3 after three innings. But the Bulldog bats were too much in the late innings, scoring five, four, and five in their final three at bats. Slater and Goosen led the Bulldogs with four runs scored each. Tyler Hessman led the Dusters going 3-4 with three runs scored.
“Early against Beaver we struggled,” said Hooker manager Chad Hussey. “We kind of got down, and our body language wasn’t very good today, and moped around a little. Made some silly plays. It just wasn’t very good baseball. But we battled through and started swinging the sticks.”
Game 3: Hooker 9, Turpin 8
At the midway point, it looked to be a blowout. The Bulldog’s bats were lively, scoring two in the second, three in the third, and three in the fourth to take a commanding 8-1 lead after four-and-a-half innings. But Turpin battled back scoring four in the bottom of the fourth including a home run by Clinton Toney to close the gap to 8-5.
“We did things in the first ball game to win it, the second game we didn’t,” said Cardinals manager Mario Mendoza. “Too many errors and we didn’t hit the ball until late In the game. You have to be happy that the kids battled back. Just too many errors to win this late in the season.”
Hooker added what ended up being the winning run in the fifth when McBee doubled with two outs, and Payson Slater singled to deep right to drive in the run. Turpin countered with one run in the in the fifth and two in the six to make it a one run game, but were unable to complete the comeback.
“We were fortunate that we hit the ball early against (Justin) McIntyre, and scored some runs early; It saved us,” said Bulldogs skipper Chad Hussey.
Hooker’s Payson Slater picked up the win and the save. Slater pitched the first five innings, played second in the sixth, then returned to the mound in the seventh for the save. By putting Slater back on the mound, it eliminated him from being able to pitch at all tomorrow.
“We could have used him tomorrow, but he through a lot of pitches,” said Hussey. “He was up around the eighty pitch mark, so we decided to get him out of there. We decided to let him get back in and finish it up. We thought he had enough left in the tank, and he did.”
Slater was tough at the plate as well going 4 for 4 with two rbi and two runs scored. McCann was 3 of 4 with a double, triple, 3 RBI, and a run scored. McBee was 3 of 5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
For Turpin Bowers was 3 of 4 with a double, a run scored, and an rbi. Clinton Toney was 3 of 4 with a double, home run, a run scored and two RBI.
Hooker and Turpin will meet today at 3 p.m. in Turpin to decide the district championship. If Hooker wins they will advance. If Turpin wins, a second game will follow with the winner advancing to regionals.