OKC- For two consecutive years the Caddo Bruins made it to State Tournament play. Last year the Bruins were ousted from the playoffs by Rattan Rams. This year they faced the same foe in the first round, and this year yielded the same results as the Bruins fell to Rattan, 5-2.
It was a classic pitching duel, Dillion Proctor took the mound for Caddo and threw a complete game with nine strike-outs. His off speed pitches held the Rattan batters at bay for most of the game.
“Dillion pitched a great game, good enough to win. But we left runners on base and we didn’t get a hit when we need to. When you get up here you have to hit the ball in key situations and you can’t leave runners on base and we did that today.” said coach Brad Brister.
The Bruins had a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame of the game when the Rams offense came alive in the top the seventh for a four run rally to put the game away.
Caddo got the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Lead off batter Ty Miller drew a walk to begin the inning. He later stole second base. Jacob Argo served up a bunt and throw to first was high and got passed the first baseman. Then Miller raced home for the score and grabbed a 1-0 lead.
Rattan answered back in the top of the second inning. With runners at first and third and two outs, the Rattan base runner took off second, but the throw to second wasn’t contained and the runner at third base went home to tie the at 1-1.
Both pitchers kept the game tied until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Rams pitcher would make an almost fatal mistake.
Caddo’s first batters went down on ground balls. Facing two outs, the Bruins would draw three walks to load the bases. Then the Rattan pitcher was called for a bock and the Wyatt Wright would cross home plate to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins would carry the lead into the seventh inning. That’s when things fell apart for Caddo. Rattan would score four unanswered runs for the win.
“The seniors have re-wrote the history books at Caddo. They accomplished almost everything you can. They’re disappointed because I know they feel in their hearts, and so do I, that we are goods as anybody here. But it didn’t our way and that’s baseball.”