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May 2, 2014

Ripley closes in on state berth, Morrison and Glencoe try to survive

RIPLEY, Okla. — The No. 7 Ripley Warriors are a step closer to reaching the state tournament — needing just one more victory after a 10-9 comeback win against the Yale Bulldogs and an 8-3 victory over the  No. 16 Morrison Wildcats at the Class A regionals.

“We showed some nerves,” Ripley coach Donnie Hoffman said. “I’m really proud of my guys for not quitting. They did a nice job of not panicking.”

The Warriors and Bulldogs each committed four errors in the first game. Ripley jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Yale tied the game in the top of the third. The Warriors scored three runs in the bottom half to lead 7-4.

Yale scored five runs in the next two innings to take a 9-7 lead entering the bottom of the fifth. The Warriors got one back in the bottom half and freshman Cody Romine it a two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to put Ripley on the high side. Garret Gosney earned the win in relief. Chandler Salinas pitched the first three innings. Keston Foster started for Yale and went the first five innings. Austin Reams pitched the sixth and took the loss.

Gosney led the Warriors offensively with three hits and two doubles. Houston Twoguns went 2 for 3 with a double. Sadler went 2 for 2. Romine went 3 for 4. Reams led Yale offensively with a three-run home run.

In the second game, Ripley took a 3-0 lead but Morrison took advantage of walks and hit batters to tie the game. The Warriors scored five runs over the next two innings to pull away. Twoguns started for the Warriors and struck out 12 to earn the win. Josh Hite started for Morrison and took the loss. Ty Stout finished the game.

Leading Ripley offensively was Gosney, who went 3 for 3 with a double. Cory Sadler and Trevor Watts each went 2 for 4 with a double. Jordan Quinata led the Wildcats with two hits and a run scored. Tanner Neely went 2 for 3.

Morrison (23-13) opened the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Afton. Quinata started and earned the win. Stout earned the save. Hite went 3 for 3 with a RBI. Quinata went 2 for 3 with a double.

Yale’s season came to an end with a 10-9 loss to Afton. Devion Saunders pitched the whole game and took the loss. Reams led the team offensively with two RBI singles.

Morrison rematches with Afton at 4 p.m. Friday. The winner will play Ripley at 6 p.m. in the regional championship.

Glencoe splits first day of regionals

GLENCOE — The No. 11 Panthers are facing elimination Friday. After beat Okay 12-6, they lost 7-6 to Preston in the Class A regionals.

Glencoe (20-11) will face No. 6 Amber-Pocasset at 4 p.m. Friday to rematch with Preston in the regional championship at 6 p.m. Amber-Pocasset lost to Preston in the first game 4-0 but beat Okay 9-3 to stay alive.

Mulhall-Orlando eliminated

DOVER — Thursday wasn’t the Panthers’ day as they lost 25-1 to No. 6 Dover and 13-2 to No. 18 Okarche to end their season in the Class B regional tournament. Mulhall-Orlando finished the season 17-8.

The Coyle Bluejackets lost 16-0 to No. 5 Olustee in Verden. Results of their second game was unknown at press time.

Perkins-Tryon wins district

PERKINS — The Demons snapped their losing streak and advance to Class 3A regionals with a sweep of the Luther Lions with 10-2 and 4-2 victories.

Tanner Bane earned the victory in the first game, only giving up two runs on two hits while striking out eight.

Dillon Longbrake provided the offensive spark as he went 4 for 5 with a triple, scored two runs and drove in three. Brady Davis went 4 for 4 with a run and two RBIs.

In the second game, P-T trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the second but scored three runs to win the game. Shelby Reese hit an RBI double and him and Reed Aldridge scored on ground outs.

Longbrake earned the win allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out four.

Perry splits with Chisholm

ENID — The Maroons won Game 1 4-0, but still need another victory after losing Game 2 15-7 against the No. 17 Chisholm Longhorns Thursday.

Perry was led by Drake Dale offensively, who had two hits and scored a run. Cooper Skluzacek earned the shutout allowing seven hits, two walks and struck out eight.

In the second game, Chisholm pulled out to an 11-2 lead which was too much for Perry to overcome. Dillon Buck pitched the whole game and took the loss. Offensively, Garrett Beier went 2 for 2 and scored two runs. Skluzacek scored three runs on one hit.

The Maroons face Chisholm at 5 p.m. Friday to decide who goes to regionals.

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