BOKCHITO — The Colbert Leopards crossed the plate only three times Friday, but it was enough to take the road win from Rock Creek.
Both teams missed chances to score. Colbert left three runners on base in the second inning, two each in the fourth and sixth, and one in the first and seventh. Rock Creek stranded two in the third and one each in the first and fifth.
It was a scoreless game until the top of the fourth, when Colbert took a 2-0 lead. With one out, Keller Cummins hit a double to centerfield. After Payton Whitehead reached on an error, designated hitter Ethan Williams pulled an RBI single to right field. Then, Jared Tucker got one past Rock Creek third baseman Bronson Burns to bring in Whitehead.
The Leopards waited until the seventh inning with two outs to score again. James Hair sent a pitch to deep left field. Toby McIntire turned and ran to get under it, but the ball bounced off his glove and courtesy runner Ronnie Rickman crossed the plate.
Rock Creek went three and out to end the game.
Offensively for Colbert, Cummins and Whitehead each had a double and a single. Leadoff Dylan Jones finished with two singles. Williams contributed the RBI single. Chris Roberts recorded a single, and Tucker and Hair had an RBI each.
Kason Krob collected the win on the mound. He threw seven strikeouts against one walk.
Rock Creek’s Zach Cook, Tanner McCann, Tyler Thompson and Toby McIntire each came away with a single.
Thompson pitched all seven innings for the Mustangs, striking out six and walking one.
Rock Creek coach Kyle Wingfield said, “I thought Tyler threw the ball really well. We had two plays that were the difference in the ball game that we didn’t make that allowed them to score. But all in all, I think we played pretty well. [Krob] throws the ball really well, and he’s tough to score on. We did a good job getting ourselves opportunities. We just never could get the big hit to push them across and break it open.”
Colbert coach Lance Britt said, “I thought my pitcher did a good job. He kept them off balance and was around the plate most of the day. Of course, we were able to make some plays behind him.
“We left some guys on base, but we’ve been doing that a lot lately. We’ve been getting a little lead and having a hard time distancing it out,” he said. “But we’re going to keep working at it and fix that to get ready for the playoffs.”
Colbert (19-8, No. 5) will welcome Headton/Fox in Class 2A District 5, starting May 1.
Rock Creek (13-6, No. 14) will host Caddo and Achille in the Class A District match-ups next week. The Mustangs will travel Monday to take on Tushka (21-3, No. 3), their third top-five Class 2A opponent in less than a week, to prepare for tournament action.
“I like our chances,” Wingfield said. “If we play well, we’ll have a chance to go to the State Tournament.”
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