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Shawnee Faces Tough Competition In Opening Week

 

March 14, 2019

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Jacob Hill keeps his eye on the ball and his foot on the base in action against Carl Albert, last week.

By COURT HAYGARTH

Not exactly how you want to start a season. The Shawnee Wolves started their baseball season Thursday, March 7, against Carl Albert. The Wolves played four games in six day. Those fourgames snuck up on the Wolves as they lost all four by a combined score of 33-6.

Shawnee fell 5-1 against Carl Albert for the non-conference season-opener. Carl Albert came into the match with one win already under their belt as they defeated Moore 9-4 March 1.

The biggest loss for Shawnee came Friday, March 8, as Shawnee gave up 12 runs to their host, the Page Sandites, in a 12-1 loss. Shawnee was down 8-0 before the third inning. In only five innings, as the Sandites run-ruled the Wolves, Page stuck with one pitcher as Shawnee rotated through three. Shawnee's Austin Wood batted in Carson Payne in the top of the fifth – the Wolves' last at-bat – to keep the Wolves from getting shut-out.

The very next day Enid came to visit Shawnee and treated them a bit better than Page did. Enid got the win 9-1 After three losses in three days, Shawnee got a chance to catch their breath with a day off before facing Stillwater in their conference-opener Monday, March 11.

Shawnee saw their most points scored of their short season. Unfortunately for the Wolves, they still gave up eight runs as Shawnee dropped their conference-opener 8-4 in the first of the back-to-back games against the Stillwater Pioneers. The bottom of the fourth saw the Pioneers bring in four runs, increasing their lead to 8-1.

Shawnee was able to muster two runs in the top of the fifth and one more in the top of the sixth to reach their grand total of four. Jacob Hill and Nick Bowlan were both able to connect on two of their three at-bats for the Wolves as each of them earned one run.

The Shawnee Wolves finished their back-to-back against Stillwater Tuesday at Stillwater. Remaining for Shawnee before Spring Break is a road game against Choctaw today (Thursday) and a home game against Noble Friday.

 

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