By Andrew Glover
RIPLEY, Okla. —
Every baseball team seems to have a day in which nothing goes its way. Saturday wasn’t the Ripley Warriors’ day, as they couldn’t find the strike zone on the mound and weren’t able to figure out the opposing pitcher in a 7-1 loss to the Dover Longhorns in the Maverick Mini Mart Classic Championship at Ripley High School.
“(Junior) Obeso was really good on the mound,” Ripley coach Donnie Hoffman said. “He is one of the premier pitchers in the area. It’s a good thing for us to see at this time of year. I’m disappointed we didn’t handle him better. We really just didn’t execute and weren’t able to bunt over a run.”
Dover’s pitcher Obeso seemed to hit all his spots as he struck out 15 Warriors in 6 1/3 innings and only needed 98 pitches. The Longhorns starter struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings. Ripley struck out 17 times, making only four of its outs by balls they put in play.
The Warriors (18-8) started Houston Twoguns and his game was the exact opposite of his counterpart. In the first inning, Twoguns walked four batters with one of them driving in a run. Dover scored two more runs on a single and a balk. It took the Ripley junior 45 pitches to get out of the first and the Warriors were in an early 3-0 hole.
“We didn’t get off to a good start,” Hoffman said. “We kind of stumbled out of the blocks the rest of the way out.”
Most of Ripley’s offense occurred in the bottom of the first. After Garret Gosney led off by striking out, Chandler Salinas hammered the second pitch of his at-bat to the fence in left field for a double. Kaiman Allender courtesy ran and scored on a two-out single by Cory Sadler. Hoffman said both Salinas and Sadler hit the ball well.
“(Salinas) and Cory Sadler had some really good offensive at-bats,” Hoffman said. “They are always going to work hard and fight at the plate and fight off good pitches and put the ball in play. ... Unfortunately we couldn’t get anything else offensively.”
Dover quickly retook the momentum. Bryan Pacheco doubled with one out and would be brought home when Avante Randle grounded out to second. The Longhorns added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Randle in the fourth. In the sixth, Randle struck again with a two-run double to score Obeso and Jesus Gomez.
The Warriors close the regular season Monday at Shidler. On Thursday, Ripley travels to Glencoe for district against Olive and the Panthers.
Preston beats Mulhall-Orlando
in third-place game
The Mulhall-Orlando Panthers played hard but fell to the Preston Pirates 11-4 in a third-place game of the Maverick Mini Mart Classic.
Thomas Richardson started for the Panthers and took the loss. M-O coach Kirk Kinzie said his team played better than the score showed.
“We played really good,” Kinzie said. “We had one bad inning that kind of sunk us. Thomas Richardson went four innings and really competed well.”
Shilder won the other third-place game with an 8-5 victory over Cimarron. Tushka won the other championship game 4-0 over Drummond in extra innings.