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April 18, 2014

Rams end Pioneers' winning streak at 22

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater went into the biggest game of the season with Owasso on Friday night ready to roll. Unfortunately the Rams were also ready to roll at Couch Park.

The Pioneers’ winning streak was snapped and left at 22 games with a 4-3 loss to Owasso.

“It was a tough loss. That ball club, there’s a reason why they’re one of the best in the state,” Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said. “They find ways to win, great teams find ways to win. We’ve done that for a long time this year. We almost did it (Friday). We came up a little short.”

The loss was the first since losing to Broken Arrow on March 13. Stillwater (23-2, 10-1) is now 4-2 in games decided by one run this season.

SHS’ Will Fowler started the game and went three innings. Fowler gave up eight hits and three runs. Gunner Black entered the game in the fourth inning and allowed two hits and one run.

“Gunner was a champion tonight. He pitched his stinking guts out. I’m very proud of him,” Harris said. “They did a good job of keeping us off balance at times. He did a good job of mixing his change-up and his off-speed pitches. Hats of to him, he competed well.”

Owasso scored every run with two outs in the game.

The Rams’ Jeb Bargfeldt threw all seven innings and had 12 strikeouts. Bargfeldt is going to play at Wichita State in the fall.

“Jeb is good. He’s regarded as one of the best pitchers in the state and kind of showed why. We’re a good hitting team but it took us awhile,” Harris said.

Stillwater’s defense started strong by getting Owasso’s first two batters out. But the Rams had four straight hits in a row in which Jonah Bride and Blake Enzbrenner scored to jump out to a 2-0 advantage over the Pioneers midway through the first inning.

The Rams added to their lead in the top of the third inning when Garrett Hall brought home Enzbrenner with a single to left to go up 3-0.

Owasso extended its lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning with a single from Enzbrenner to send Bryce Colt home.

Stillwater’s Harrison Cornforth brought in Jon Littell with a single to left center field to pull the score to 4-1 in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

The Pioneers came rumbling back in the fifth inning. Littell was at the plate with Carson Teel at third and T.J. Black at second. Littell was down 0 to 2 when he hit a missile up the middle to score two runs and leave the score 4-3 where it stayed until the final out.

Stillwater will go to Owasso at 7 p.m. Saturday to finish the district series with the Rams.

“We got Carson Teel on the hill. They play great behind him. The boys want to beat these guys. I won’t have to do anything to get them ready to play (Saturday),” Harris said.

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