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Pioneers End Shawnee Wolves Chance At State

 

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Wolves Bauer Brittan winds up for the pitch in regional action.

The Wolves' baseball season came to a bitter end last week. They were in Stillwater for regionals, facing Enid, Muskogee and Stillwater.

As the underdogs with a 15-17 record, Shawnee almost caused an upset in their first game against 27-9 Enid, but came one run short of the victory.

The Wolves then played Stillwater, 25-12, who had an upset of their own after the 8-21 Muskogee Roughers beat them in the last inning. Shawnee scored the first run of the game, but struggled to keep up with the Pioneers the rest of the game. The final score was 4-1 and Stillwater would go on to win the regional championship.

Game One

In the first game, Enid scored eight runs in the first three innings, while Shawnee scored four. Austin Wood hit an RBI to get Scout Cawvey across home in the first inning. Then, Cawvey slammed a fly ball to center field letting Tanner Bare and Carson Payne score in the second inning. Jacob Hill got an RBI in the third inning and Nick Bowlan scored.

The rest of the game, the Wolves picked up their defensive play in the field, getting three up, three down in the fourth and fifth innings, and only letting one Plainsman on base in the sixth. In the fifth, an impressive double play kept the Wolves in high spirits on their try for a comeback. Krew Taylor fielded a ground ball at second base and threw to shortstop Creed Killgore covering the base for a force out. Then, Killgore threw to Curren at first base to get the batter out.

Payne, Austin Gonzales and Taylor scored in the fourth inning, and Wood scored on Jacob Hill's fly ball to left field in the sixth to tie the game at 8-8.

In the seventh inning, with two outs, the Plainsman batter hit a hard ground ball to center field and the winning run came home.

Game Two

The Wolves' started in the field nicely against the Pioneers. Bauer Brittan at pitcher only let three Pioneer batters walk in the first two innings. Brittan also pitched three strikeouts in those innings, and pop catches in the field were the other three outs..

Killgore scored the Wolves' first and only run of game on Jared Johnson's outfield grounder in the second inning. Killgore got on base after hitting a line drive to left field.

It wasn't until the third inning that Stillwater scored against Shawnee, but two runs on an outfield grounder was all Stillwater needed for the win. The Pioneers scored another run that inning on a bases-loaded walk.

Aside from the third inning, the Wolves in the field didn't waver. Jay Easley subbed in at pitcher for the Wolves in the fourth inning. He pitched seven strikeouts in four innings.

The Pioneers scored one more run on a single RBI, making the final score 4-1 and ending the Wolves chances at state.

 

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