By Brian Johnson Sports Editor [email protected]
Four unearned runs in the top of the second inning set the tone as the Glenpool Warriors clipped the Shawnee Wolves 7-3 Saturday in the regular-season finale at Memorial Park’s Ed Skelton Field.
Shawnee dipped to 15-17 on the season and concluded district play with a 9-5 mark. The Wolves are scheduled to play in a Class 5A regional on Thursday at Collinsville.
The costly second inning included three Glenpool hits and two Shawnee errors.
“The difference is they got hits when they needed to and made plays when they needed to and we didn’t,” said Shawnee head coach Kevin Paxson.
The Wolves committed three errors and stranded eight base runners. They left the bases loaded without scoring in the fifth.
Shawnee senior starter Kasen Rogers suffered the loss after working five-plus innings, after allowing seven hits, walking three and striking out one. The four runs scored off Rogers were unearned.
Another senior Kantynn Kasesa pitched the sixth and seventh, but struggled in the seventh, giving up three runs on four hits.
The Wolves compiled nine hits in the game with the team’s other senior Bauer Brittain going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Ren Carter had a 2-for-3 performance, including a bunt-single. He also had six putouts from his center field spot and laid out for a spectacular catch in the left-center field gap for the second out of the fifth inning.
Though Shawnee had the three miscues, they had some other fine defensive plays besides Carter’s layout.
The Wolves turned a 4-3 double play (Brittain to Kaseca) off a liner in the third inning.
Then in the fourth, Maddox Tully made a catch in right field and gunned down the runner, who was tagging up at second base and heading to third for the third out and a double play. The magnificent throw was all air.
After the Warriors went up 4-0, Shawnee finally picked up two scores in the fourth inning when Brittain had an infield single off the pitcher before stealing second and third. Then with one out, Creed Muirhead drove home Brittain with a single to left.
With two outs, Kaseca doubled to right, scoring Reid Bowlan, courtesy running for the catcher Muirhead, to clip the deficit to 4-2.
Shawnee attempted a rally in the seventh when Carter led off with a single to left-center. Zane Wilson then reached on a fielder’s choice as Carter was forced out at second. Brittain’s third hit of the game, this time to left-center, set the stage for a Rogers single up the middle which plated Wilson.
But a groundout and fly-out ended the game.
Glenpool pounded out 11 hits with Bo Gilbert going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Matt Winters, who got the pitching win, was 2-for-3 with one RBI and a walk.
Silo 8, Shawnee 0 (Friday)
Rebel hurler Kyler Proctor allowed just three hits and struck out 13 over 6 2/3 innings in recording the shutout at Memorial Park.
The Wolves’ only hits came off a Kaseca double and a single each from Brittain and Muirhead.
Carter Parker recorded the last out on a strikeout in relief for Silo.
The Class 2A power Rebels piled up 11 hits and were helped by five Shawnee errors.
Delton Roberts was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored while Conner Cordell and Easton Ford each finished 2-for-4 for Silo. Cordell had a solo-homer in the first inning and hit an RBI double in the seventh. Ford ended up with a run-scoring double and a run scored.
The southpaw Tully pitched solid through six innings as he gave up just three runs (two earned) and six hits.
However, the Rebels tallied five runs in the top of the seventh with the help of five hits and two miscues by the Wolves. Silo sent 10 batters to the plate in that frame.
No Shawnee player got past second base in the game.