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April 7, 2014

Pioneers bash Sapulpa behind Fowler's pitching

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater just keeps on rolling.

The Pioneers hosted district opponent Sapulpa Monday night at Couch Park in the first game of a home-and-home. Stillwater chipped away for a 6-1 victory. The Pioneers (16-1, 7-0) claimed their 15th straight victory.

“In baseball it’s hard to win everyday because the best team doesn’t always win. We see that every day on TV and in college baseball. For us to come out and win that’s a positive thing,” Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said.

Will Fowler started on the mound for the Pioneers. Fowler went six full innings and picked up six strikeouts for the win. Nick Hollman entered in the final inning and grabbed the save.

“I hadn’t been on the mound in awhile, it’s been a couple of weeks. It felt good to come out and contribute to the team and help us get a big district win,” Fowler said. “I just like the opportunity to come out and help the team win.”

Stillwater’s defense has given up 24 runs during the Pioneers’ 15-game winning streak. The combination of the pitching and the defense helped SHS keep rolling on the defensive side.

“This year the pitching has been very very good.  We have played defense and pitched well,” Harris said.

Stillwater moved up to the 4-0 in games at Couch Park.

“I think they just like to play and being here,” Harris said.

The bottom of the second inning started with a walk from Harrison Cornforth. He was called out at first because the dugout sheet did not match the lineup.

“I’ve never done that before in my whole life. I feel bad about that because that might have cost us something there,” Harris said. “One of the boys told me ‘when someone doesn’t get their job done then its our job to pick one another up.’”

Two batters later Cornforth was back at the plate and sent the ball to right field for a hit. Cornforth stole second and then stole third base on a passed ball as Ryan Wieligman was walked. With Carson Teel at the plate, the Chieftains attempted to throw out Wieligman at first but had an error on the throw and Cornforth waltzed across home and Wieligman stole second and third base. Teel knocked in Wieligman with a hit to center field for a 2-0 lead.

Tanner Swick was running bases for Fowler in the bottom of the third inning. Swick stole second base and Sapulpa had another error on the throw to second and Swick got up and stole third as well. Tyler Burnett flew out to right field to bring Swick in for a 3-0 advantage.

Swick was running bases for Fowler again in the bottom of the fifth. Swick was at second base when Michael Higgins hit a triple to left field to bring Swick home and take a 4-0 lead.

Sapulpa’s Matt Kerr scored in the top of the sixth inning when J.T. Rains hit a double to pull the score to 4-1. The Chieftains had runners on first and second with two outs when Gavin Biggs hit a solid shot to left center but Jon Littell covered some ground from center field to snag the ball out of the air as he collided with the wall for the out.

Littell followed up the great play at the track with a double in the bottom of the sixth inning to score T.J. Black. Littell was hit home from a Zimmerman hit for a 6-1 lead.

This game marks the ninth time that the Pioneers have allowed one-run or less this year.

“I wouldn’t trade those guys for anything in the world. The guys on this team we’re all one real big-tight unit,” Fowler said.

Stillwater will travel to Sapulpa to conclude the home-and-home with the Chieftains at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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