COLEMAN — “No lead is safe around here.” Those were the true words spoken by Boswell baseball coach Alan Cartwright to his team Friday night during the Scorpions’ second nail-biter of the day.
His scrappy bunch managed to eliminate Coleman with a 14-10 win and get pumped up for a seventh-inning rally to take down Fort Cobb-Broxton 8-4 in Regional action.
Boswell 14, Coleman 10
This was a back-and-forth fight, and the first two innings alone took an hour to play.
Visitors on the scoreboard, Coleman took the first stab with a standup double to the left-center fence by Triston Sharp. He scored on two-hole Damen Horath’s single up the middle.
With one out and runners at first and third, Nevada Boley dropped an RBI single on the front edge of the outfield. Canon Sharp then got his own run-scoring single to centerfield to help his team to a 3-0 lead.
Boswell wasn’t phased. After Blain Brown drew a walk, Caleb Brown smacked one to right-center. Since it rolled under the fence, he was stopped at second and Blain at third.
With one out, Tracy Brown dropped an RBI single in shallow right field that put runners at first and third. Dusty Belvin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. On a passed ball, Caleb and Tracy turned on the jets, both managing to score and tie the game.
McKenna Pierce took a walk before another passed ball allowed Belvin to come home. Blake Shults walked. Then, Trevor Phillips sent an RBI double to right-center. Coleman got the next two out. Boswell had the 5-3 lead.
The Wildcats took it back in the top of the second on Horath’s two-RBI double to the centerfield fence. Boswell centerfielder Blain Brown was injured on the play and moved to first. The Scorpions also made a mound switch, Shults for Phillips.
He struck out the ensuing batter. But Travis Laudermilk launched a two-run homer over the left-field fence. The bases were loaded before Boswell got out of the frame down 7-5.
Boswell put three hard hits at third baseman Canon Sharp. Cameron Roberts had a standup double after the first one, and the next two put runners across the plate. Then Shults put an RBI single into left. He stole second and, as he slid safe, Belvin scored.
The Scorpions held the 9-7 lead into the top of the fourth.
After Boley drew a walk and Canon Sharp drove a double up the third-base line, Boswell brought Caleb Brown to the mound. He struck out the next batter, but designated hitter Hunter Stanley hit one hard through to left-center that scored two to tie the game.
With two outs, Triston Sharp barely put one in play. The catcher’s throw to first was in the dirt and ramped off the first baseman about 10 feet in the air and Stanley scored the go-ahead run. With two walks, the bases were loaded again when the Scorpions shut it down.
After Pierce grounded out to the pitcher, Boswell filled the bases on a Shults standup double, a Phillips walk and a Brenton Berryhill single. Enter leadoff Blain Brown with a two-RBI double. Then Caleb Brown brought in Phillips with a single, and Roberts got Berryhill home with a hard-hit single that got through to right field. Coleman executed a 1-4-3 double play to cut off the Scorpions at 13.
Boswell turned two too in the top of the fifth in a more dramatic fashion. In left fielder, Shults caught a fly ball and fired it to first perfectly for Blain Brown to lay down the tag on Boley trying to get back to the bag. The next play allowed right fielder Pierce to impress with a sideways, overhead catch.
Boswell loaded the bases in the fifth. On a fielder’s choice that got Belvin going home, the catcher attempted to get Berryhill going to first. It was missed, and the Scorpions scored their last run of the game.
Boswell offense: Blain Brown, a double and two RBIs; Caleb Brown, Roberts and Shults, a double, single and RBI each; Tracy Brown, a single and RBI; Pierce, a single; Trevor Phillips, a double and RBI; Brenton Berryhill, a single.
Coleman: Triston Sharp, a double and single; Horath, a double, single and three RBIs; Kendel Foster, a single; Laudermilk, a home run with two RBIs; Boley, a single and RBI; Canon Sharp, a double, single and RBI; Stanley, a double with two RBIs; Jacob Whitehead, a single.
Boswell 8, Fort Cobb-Broxton 4
The Fort Cobb-Broxton Mustangs took a 1-0 lead after two hitters in the bottom of the first. But Boswell, after taking two walks and two outs in the second, tied it on a Trevor Phillips single. And the Scorpions took the 3-1 lead in the third when Cameron Roberts landed a two-run homer in the dirt piles behind the left-center fence.
The Mustangs made it 3-2 in the fourth before Roberts struck out the next to batters to preserve the lead. But with two outs in the fifth, Fort Cobb tied the game on a single up the middle.
Roberts led off the sixth with a standup double to left field but was left on base.
The Mustangs started the bottom of the frame with a single. Roberts struck out the next two. Then, their lead-off hit an RBI triple to right-center to take the 3-4 lead.
Those Boswell boys knew they had to “get it up” to get it done. After a Blake Shults strikeout, Phillips rolled one up the third-base line maybe five feet from the bag and beat out the throw to first. Brenton Berryhill and Blain Brown took walks to load the bases. Caleb Brown ramped a hard hit off the mound that landed in shallow center that scored two, and he took second on the throw home. Roberts lined one through the infield that almost pegged a ducking Caleb coming off second and put Blain across the plate. Tracy Brown then dropped a standup double in right-center that put runners at second and third, and prompted a Mustang pitching change.
After a Dusty Belvin strikeout, McKenna Pierce’s contact scored Roberts. Tracy got himself in a little run down between second and third, and ended up safe on third after a short stop drop. The rowdy dugout just cranked it up a little more. And after Shults flied out to center to end the rally with an 8-4 lead, the Scorpions just carried their enthusiasm to the field.
Fort Cobb had its three-, four- and five-hole batters coming to the plate. No matter. Boswell set them down in order. Second baseman Caleb Brown caught a popup, and Roberts struck out the next two, the last one on three straight pitches. Roberts, who has been gutting through some sort of stomach bug, led the offense with a home run, double, single and three runs batted in.
Trevor Phillips finished with two singles and an RBI; Caleb Brown a single and two RBIs; McKenna Pierce a single and RBI; Tracy Brown a double and RBI; and Blain Brown a single.
Pitching the complete game, Roberts struck out eight, walked one and allowed eight hits.