BOSWELL — The Scorpions had no trouble squashing Fort Towson Friday afternoon to move on to the championship game in their own tournament.
Boswell lit up the scoreboard in the second inning to take the 13-0 run-rule win after two and one-half innings. The Tigers could send only 10 players to the plate to face Blaine Brown in three at-bats, and he struck out nine of them. He had a full count on the other before giving up a walk.
The Scorpions batted around in the bottom of the second. McKenna Pierce almost got a third attempt at the plate. He started things off by beating out the pitcher’s errant throw to first. Trevor Phillips then hit a single up the middle. Caleb Brown followed with an RBI single through to right field.
Brenton Berryhill went up the middle for a single that loaded the bases. Blaine was hit in the back by a pitch, scoring an easy one. Blake Shults took four straight balls and walked in another run. Fort Towson tried to adjust by bringing its first baseman to the mound, but he walked Cameron Roberts and Tracy Brown for two more runs that prompted another pitching change.
It didn’t help. Dusty Belvin blasted a three-RBI double that dropped near the foul line past third base. Pierce then grounded out to the pitcher. Phillips hit a low ball through the infield and into right for an RBI single. Caleb Brown followed that with a one-bagger up the middle. Both advanced on a passed ball. Berryhill landed another in shallow centerfield and, after the Tigers did some throwing around looking to get an out, he was standing on second. Blaine Brown placed one in front of the right fielder for an RBI double before Shults got an RBI double of his own off a hit to deep left-center. Roberts flied out to center and Tracy Brown to the second baseman to shut it down.
Everybody in Boswell’s lineup scored at least once in the frame.
“The bottom of our order, they got it going,” said coach Alan Cartwright. “Then, everybody just kind of went nuts that inning. We hit the ball really well.
“And Blaine, I don’t even have to talk about him. It’s evident of what he did. I let him go back out there in the third just to give him a shot at the perfect game. He walked the one, but he came back and struck the next three out. He did a heck of a job. “That’s about as dominant as it gets right there. He really had good stuff today. His fast ball was jumping. He didn’t need a breaking ball much, but when he threw it, he threw it well.” Boswell was set to face Haworth for the championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.
BOSWELL — It certainly rained on Caddo’s parade Friday afternoon as the wet stuff fell from the sky and the Bruins dropped a heartbreaker to Haworth in Round 2 of the Boswell Baseball Tournament.
The Bruins had held a slim advantage the entire game until the Lions knotted it in the bottom of the seventh and squeaked by Caddo 4-3 in an extra inning.
The Bruins, visitors on the scoreboard, struck early. Tanner Grace beat out the short stop’s throw to first. He moved to second when Lucas Wright’s fly to left field was dropped. Wright stole second and Grace stole third. After a Tristan Paris strikeout, Reece Chavez hit a hard one to the pitcher. He was thrown out, but Grace was able to score.
Haworth had runners on base in the bottom of the first. Bruin pitcher Colton Ledford struck out the first batter, but the second made it to first when short stop Patrick Joines couldn’t get a handle on the ground ball. After a fly out to centerfield, another grounder got through to left-center. But Ledford struck out another batter to leave the two runners stranded.
Caddo went three-and-out in the second, third and fourth innings. Justin John tried to get something started in the fifth with a single to right field. Courtesy runner Colton Dixon made it to second on a passed ball and was advanced to third on a ground out by Joines. But Ledford and Argo couldn’t connect and ended the stanza on consecutive strikeouts.
Haworth had threatened in the third. Ledford gave up two walks, but his fielders gloved three fly balls to get the Bruins out of the inning unscathed. Caddo held Haworth to six trips to the plate in the fourth and fifth to hold on to the 1-0 lead.
Grace started the sixth inning with a double off the left-field wall. Wright was walked. Both got extra bases on a passed ball. All that set up Paris to rip a two-RBI single through the infield and into center. Paris was thrown out going to second when Chavez made contact. Chavez stole second, but Walker struck out and John flied out to center to leave it at 3-0.
Haworth’s first batter of the sixth inning was the two-hole. He popped up one to the upper atmosphere that finally came down and off short stop Joines’ glove. The runner stole second. After a strikeout, the four-hole batter hit a grounder toward third. Chavez dived for it but bobbled the transfer. The next batter smacked a single to the left-field fence that scored one. A passed ball put runners at second and third. One of those was able to score on a fielder’s choice to Joines. Ledford struck out the next batter to end the inning clinging to a 3-2 edge.
Caddo tried to get the bats cracking for more of a cushion in the top of the seventh. They came out swinging, but Joines, Ledford and Argo each recorded K’s.
The Bruins brought their ace pitcher, Paris, to the mound to start the bottom of the inning. Haworth’s eight-hole hitter reached first on a grounder to second and advanced on a passed ball. Paris struck out the nine-hole batter. The Lions’ lead-off had two strikes on him before he lined out a base rap between short and third that moved the runner to third. That tying run crossed the plate when Caddo couldn’t roll it for the double play. The Bruins closed it out quickly after that, but an extra inning was then necessary to decide the game they had led through six and one-half innings.
The Bruins had the top of their order in the eighth, but each batter was retired in succession. Grace and Wright struck out, and Paris popped up to the short stop.
Caddo sat down Haworth’s first batter on a grounder to third. But the next one hit a long ball to center. Wright dove for it and Walker had to pick it up and fire it in, but not before the batter was standing on second. Haworth’s five-hole hitter had a 2-1 count when he sent a shot to left field close to the foul line. Grace made a valiant effort, stretching out to attempt the catch and rolling, just like the ball did, and the winning run crossed the plate.
“Tough loss,” Caddo coach Jeff Counce said. “Give Haworth credit. They hung in there. They beat the best we had. I started that freshman (Ledford) who threw six innings. He threw well six innings. Then, I brought my No. 1 guy in and they scored on him.
“When I bring in my best guy with a [3-2] lead, we should win it. But that didn’t happen, so I give Haworth all the credit. We just regroup and come back tomorrow.”
The Bruins were slated for a 1 p.m. face-off against Fort Towson for third place.