By Andrew Glover
GLENCOE, Okla. —
The Glencoe Panthers overcame early walks and errors to rally to a 10-8 victory over the Ripley Warriors and are a win from clinching the Class A baseball championship.
“It wasn’t a well-played baseball game but a lot of drama,” Glencoe coach Tony Cazzelle said. “We had two or three baserunning mistakes that took us out of innings. We got them tomorrow at 1 o’clock with the if game at 3.”
The Warriors (19-10) jumped out to a lead thanks to two walks and a hit batter by Glencoe pitcher J.K. Hadlock and a Panther error. Ripley’s Garret Gosney scored on an errant throw by the catcher. Chandler Salinas and Houston Twoguns also scored in the inning to give Ripley a 3-0 lead.
The Panthers (19-7) tied it in the bottom of first. Hunter Hall hit a two-run home run and Claytin Beaver walked and later scored. Ripley retook its lead as Griffin Gosney was hit by a pitch and later scored in the second.
The Warriors maintained their lead until the bottom of the fourth. Seth Smith reached on a walk and scored when Hadlock grounded out. Quentin Ash reached on an error by the first baseman and scored on a wild pitch to give Glencoe it’s first lead at 5-4.
Ripley retook the lead in the top of the sixth. Salinas and Trevor Watts hit RBI singles. Cory Sadler hit an RBI double to put the Warriors ahead 8-5. Griffin and Garret Gosney scored, along with Salinas and Sadler.
The Panthers had one more rally in them. Glencoe’s first five batters reached on a single, two walks a hit batter and an error and all five scored. Ash gave Glencoe the lead for good. Hadlock added an insurance run.
“They’re a good club and it wasn’t easy for them,” Hoffman said. “A couple times we got a little too generous. We shot ourselves in the foot in the bottom of the sixth and they drove in some runs.”
While the defense may have struggled against Glencoe, the offense wasn’t a problem for Ripley in its district opener against Olive Thursday as the Warriors pounded out six doubles in a 17-4 win over Olive.
Garret Gosney and Salinas each had two doubles, while Twoguns provided the big blast with a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth as Ripley run-ruled the Wildcats in five innings.
“We played really well that first game,” Hoffman said. “And we played pretty well in the second game until the end. We scored plenty of runs, so that’s good for us.”
Dillon Moore allowed four runs on three hits and an error as the sophomore picked up his first career postseason win. He also had two singles and four RBIs to help his own cause.
Overall Salinas finished the day going 5 for 5 to lead Ripley’s offense.
“He really swung the bat well,” Hoffman said. “You can’t ask for much more than that.”
Glencoe also beat Olive 19-1, aided by a pair of doubles by Hadlock. The Panthers and Warriors will play at 1 p.m. for Game 2. If Ripley wins it will play a decisive game at 3 p.m.
Frontier eliminated in district tournament
DRUMMOND — The Frontier Mustangs season came to an end with a 16-1 loss to Drummond and a 15-0 loss to Fort Cobb Broxton in a Class A district tournament.
Frontier coach Mike Allen said they were facing a 40 mph south wind out of left field.
“We allowed three home runs in each game,” Allen said. “It’s hard for us playing in the wind. My outfielders misplayed a few balls and they hit a few out of the ball park. It just got out of hand.”
Brett Kincannon took the loss in the first game. Talon Harris led the team in hitting both games. Frontier finished the season at 5-17.
Perkins-Tryon advances to regionals
PERKINS — The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons played like the superior team with 9-2 and 10-3 over the Pawhuska Lady Huskies.
“(The girls) took advantage of the draw and most of the games’ opportunities,” P-T coach Carla Hart said.
Mykelti Shelton pitched both games and held down the Lady Huskies’ bats with seven strikeouts in the first game and four in the second.
The Lady Demons (15-20) also had plenty of help offensively. Rylee Wilson hit a double and drove in three runs. Macey Hall and an RBI and walked twice. Jessica Howard had an RBI and Hart added she ran the bases well. McKenzie Martin went 5 for 8 with 5 RBIs. Hart said she is looking forward to competing in regionals.
“Regionals will be tough of course, wherever we go,” Hart said.
Carney edges out district tournament win
CARNEY — It came down to the last game but the Carney Lady Bulldogs season will continue in regionals as they beat the Mulhall-Orlando Lady Panthers 15-1 and won two out of three against the Coyle Lady Bluejackets.
“It’s exciting to go to regionals,” Carney coach Lindsey Freeman said. “I’ve been several times but it’s the girls first.”
Carney took the first game from Coyle 13-5. The Lady Bluejackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first but Carney responded with two runs. Coyle added to their lead in the next two innings but the Lady Bulldogs scored six runs in the bottom of the third to take an 8-5 lead.
In the second game, Coyle pulled away in the second inning with six runs to lead 7-1. Carney was never able to catch up as the closest it got was within three, trailing 10-7 after the sixth. Coyle put the game away with five runs in the seventh to pull out a 15-10 victory.
The Lady Bulldogs took care of business in the final game, pulling out to a 10-0 lead after three in a 13-5 victory. Shelby Hover pitched all four games. Freeman said he was pleased with her effort.
“She did an outstanding job,” Freeman said. “She hung in there. The whole team hit the ball well.”
Frontier beats Copan, Shidler
RED ROCK — There are players who are clutch and then there’s Frontier sophomore Michaelanne Nelson.
In perhaps her team’s greatest time of need, Nelson threw a no-hitter, striking out 16 batters and allowing just one walk as the Lady Mustangs beat Copan 1-0 Thursday.
After Kristen Molina singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, Shannon West’s RBI single proved to be the difference in an otherwise tense and tightly contested game. Both Molina and West went 1 for 3, Marissa Goodman was 2 for 3 with two singles for all of Frontier’s hits.
While Copan and Frontier battled to a pitcher’s duel in the third and final district game Thursday, that certainly wasn’t the case when the Lady Mustangs took on Shidler in the first game.
Tori Harris went 2 for 2 with two RBIs and scored two runs, while Nelson went 2 for 2 with a double and RBI and three runs as Frontier pounded Shidler 17-1.
Molina picked up the win in the run-rule shortened game.
Frontier and Copan will play again Friday. If the Lady Mustangs win that game they will advance to regionals. A loss and the two teams will turn around and play a winner-take-all elimination game immediately following the first game.
Glencoe eliminated by Barnsdall
BARNSDALL — The Glencoe Lady Panthers have been strong offensively all season except on Thursday when they needed to the most. The Barnsdall Lady Panthers swept the Lady Panthers 13-0 and 5-2 in a Class A district championship.
“We couldn’t get our bats going,” Glencoe coach Tabitha Wright said. “It’s not the result we were looking for. I’m disappointed but we will take the momentum from this and work hard for next season.”
The Lady Panthers finished 17-8 with freshman pitcher Alicia Place recording all the decisions. In the second game, Jessica Hutchinson and Brianna Martin scored Glencoe’s runs. Martin went 2 for 3 in the game to lead the Lady Panthers. Glencoe will lose three seniors: Lyndsie Cook Tessa McCauley and Huthinson. Wright said she is proud of how the team played.
“They worked hard all season. Today our bats just weren’t with us,” Wright said. “We didn’t quit and we fought until the end. We do lose three seniors and that will leave a whole in our lineup next year. I’m proud of the girls.”