OKLAHOMA CITY — The Silo Rebels are Class 2A State runners-up, falling short to a familiar foe in the Dale Pirates Saturday afternoon. It took two extra innings for Dale to completely pull off a comeback 8-7 victory.
Silo had eliminated Mangum by the same score the day before.
The Rebels played visitor on the scoreboard Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, starting Trenton Long on the mound. The game was scoreless through two innings. The Pirates got a single and drew a walk in the bottom of the second, but left the two on base.
With two outs in the top of the third, Andrew Bolin hit a triple to left field. But he was left stranded on a Leonard Sandler strikeout. Dale went down in order. Still scoreless after three.
Lance House reached on an infield single in the top of the third. But Jarris Hamilton hit into a fielder’s choice that got House at second. After Kendall Shives flied out, Tanner Hearon hit a bloop to right field for an RBI double to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Tanner Clark drew a walk. But nobody else put one in play.
The Pirates couldn’t either. Long struck out two batters and walked two, and a pair was left on base.
House drew a walk in the top of the sixth. Hamilton laid down a bunt that got by the first baseman. House scored and Hamilton ended up on third. After a Shives strikeout, Hearon landed an RBI single in centerfield and took an extra base for himself.
Hunter Jackson walked, and Dale decided to switch pitchers.
Tanner Clark took a walk to load the bases. Lucas Long went down on strikes. With Bolin up to bat, Hearon was able to score on a wild pitch. Bolin accepted a walk and the bases were loaded again. That set up Sandler to send home two to score. Then, he was called out at home. Silo went up 6-0.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Hamilton and Shives hit singles to get on base. Hearon followed with a one-bagger and his fourth RBI of the day to put Silo on top 7-0.
But it began to fall apart in the bottom of the seventh. Trenton Long struck out a batter but walked the next three. He struck out another, then hit the next batter to score a run. The ensuing better drew a walk and another score strolled across the plate.
Coach Billy Jack Bowen brought Shives to the mound. The first batter he faced responded with a two-RBI single. The next hit a one-bagger that scored another run. Yet another single followed to load the bases.
Bowen sent Bolin to pitch. The batter sent a two-RBI single to right field that tied the game and sent it to extra innings.
Neither team could end it in the eighth. Silo went three-and-out in the top of the ninth.
With one out in the bottom of the frame, Dale’s No. 18 hit a triple to the centerfield wall. He was poised for No. 9’s line drive that got through to the right-center gap and scored the game-winner.
Silo 8, Mangum 7
SHAWNEE — It wasn’t exactly pretty, but the Silo Rebels pulled out the 8-7 win over Mangum in the Class 2A baseball semi-finals Friday afternoon.
Silo had the first chance to score, but the Rebels left Lance House at third and Jarris Hamilton at second.
Mangum’s two-hole (and starting pitcher) hit a single to right field and made his way around the bases on a missed pickoff attempt and a passed ball before he was batted in on a single by the four-hole. Silo’s starting pitcher, Lance House, struck out three batters in the frame. And the Tigers didn’t hold that 1-0 lead for long.
Senior short stop Tanner Hearon started the second with a bloop to centerfield. After Tanner Clark flied out, Ethan Hollowell got one through to right field for a single and Lucas Long took a walk to load the bases. Leadoff Andrew Bolin then knocked in two on a single. As Long went sliding safely into third, Bolin took an extra base. Senior third baseman Leonard Sandler scored Long on a sacrifice fly to center.
Silo held the 3-1 advantage until adding a fourth run in the fourth on a Hamilton RBI double.
But Mangum wanted to be four in the fourth too. The Tigers’ seven-hole watched four straight dirt balls to take a base and the next batter got on base with a bunt. Bolin was brought to the mound for Silo. He struck out the the first batter he faced. Then came the leadoff, who hit a two-RBI triple to the left-center fence. And the two-hole also dropped one in left-center. The throw in went through two fielders and toward the dugout before Sandler picked it up, rushed toward his bag and tagged out the batter. That was not before the tying run crossed the plate.
Silo took a one-point lead in the sixth on a Lance House sacrifice fly that scored Long.
The Rebels made it 8-4 in the top of the seventh with three singles and two walks.
Mangum took advantage of a pair of errors and walks, and got a 3-RBI double from the six-hole to get within one again. But the Rebel defense ended the game on a 1-6-3 double play.
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