CADDO – The Bruins rolled a pair of sevens in Thursday regional baseball playoff action. A win today will punch Caddo’s ticket to the state finals next week.
The Bruins hosted a four-team regional double-elimination playoff bracket starting on Thursday. Caddo won both of their games by scores of 7-1, dispatching Waurika in the opener and Soper in the nightcap.
The Soper Red Bears took down Elmore City 15-6 in game two.
Caddo is scheduled to play at 4 p.m. Friday, and a win would clinch the regional championship. A loss would set up a tie-breaking game which is currently scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday (but subject to change).
Dillon Proctor had one of the biggest single days of the season, playing a pivotal role in both victories for the Bruins. Caddo led 3-1 against Waurika going into the sixth inning, with the bases full of Bruins. Proctor smacked a grand slam over the B.J.’s Tire sign in left field to tally up the 7-1 win.
Josh Ringle got the win as the starting pitcher. Ty Miller relieved him in the sixth, and ended the game by fanning the Waurika side in the seventh.
Proctor went the distance in Caddo’s second game against Soper. He recorded 13 strikeouts, four hits and issued only one walk, despite the Red Bears leading the game 1-0 for four middle innings.
Again, it was Proctor who came through with a game-changing at-bat: A sixth-inning single scored Jack Wright and Cullen Whisenhunt to give Caddo a 2-1 lead.
Not to be outdone, Triston Paris went yard for the first time this season in the seventh inning. The two-run bomb just left of the 345-feet sign made it a 4-1 Caddo lead, and the Bruins would tack on three more in a decisive five-run inning.
“My art felt real good today, with ice and everything,” Proctor said after picking up the win. “I’ve been wanting another chance at Soper. I knew we could come back and win. We know what we have to do to get it done.”
Caddo Coach Brad Brister praised Soper pitcher Dusty Linn, who kept the Bruins scoreless for the first five innings. He said “good fundamental baseball” and timely hitting from the bottom of the Bruin lineup made the difference on Thursday.
Whisenhunt and Wright both went 3-for-4 at the plate, with a double, two singles and two runs scored for each player.