OKLAHOMA CITY – The offensive rampage of the Calera Bulldogs continued Thursday afternoon as they pounded Atoka, 11-2, in action at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Calera pounded out 17 more hits to cruise by the Wampus Cats while running their record to 7-0 on the season. Every starter in the lineup finished with at least one hit on Thursday.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to participate in the Union City Festival today with a doubleheader against unbeaten Navajo as well as Riverside.
“If we keep hitting the ball like we are, we have a chance to be pretty good,” Calera head coach Rick Teafatiller said after another offensive explosion. “We are being as aggressive at the plate as I have seen any team since I’ve been here. They are getting up there and knocking the cover off of it one through nine.
“We are reaching very few two-strike counts because they are going to the plate ready to swing. Our defense is staying strong and we just keep putting pressure on people with our offense.”
Senior hurler Shawn Harper was the benefactor of the offensive assault but he also did his part with 14 strikeouts in the complete game performance despite not having quite his best stuff.
Harper worked around a leadoff single by Atoka’s Traelon Yarbrough in the top of the first inning, striking out three straight Wampus Cats to end the frame.
The Bulldog bats then quickly went to work as Cooper Hamilton opened with a single and raced home one batter later on a smashing triple by James Vazquez that carried to the left-center wall. Harper then coaxed a walk and Calera took advantage of a wild pitch and back-to-back hits from Zach Maynard and Luke Weddle.to extend the lead to 3-0.
Atoka picked up a run in the second after Nolan Burrage doubled to start the inning and eventually scored on a passed ball.
Despite starting with two consecutive outs in the bottom of the frame, Calera was right back on the board stringing together three straight hits. Vazquez and Harper both singled and Brayden Langley smoked a RBI double to the leftfield wall.
The Bulldogs notched two more hits but failed to score in the third, but made up for it in the fourth inning with three more tallies off of four hits.
Cooper Hamilton once again ignited the flurry with a leadoff double. Vazquez and Harper both followed with sharp singles and Maynard also chipped in another hit and Chase Hamilton a run-scoring sac fly for a 7-1 edge.
Calera pushed across two more runs in the fifth stanza after getting the first two runners aboard when Rylan Neal was hit by a pitch and Cooper Hamilton singled. Harper delivered the big blow with a run-scoring double to the wall.
Atoka picked up a run in the sixth with a pair of walks, single and wild pitch before the Bulldogs capped the scoring by plating two more in the bottom of the frame keyed by a Tristen Corbin single and Neal double.
Harper then finished in style by striking out the Atoka side in the seventh. He scattered six hits and walked four in addition to the 14 strikeouts.
At the plate, Cooper Hamilton, Vazquez and Harper all ended with three hits as the Bulldogs totaled nine at the top of the order.
Maynard and Corbin posted two hits apiece while Langley, Weddle, Chase Hamilton and Neal tossed in one apiece.
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