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April 12, 2014

Pioneers blast Bombers to finish undefeated in the Gladys Winters Tournament

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater’s streak could have come to an end on Saturday.

The Pioneers survived a scare against Midwest City and outlast the Bombers 10-5 in the Gladys Winters Tournament at Couch Park.

“(Saturday) was tough. I think it was really tough on us. We have a lot going on right now and a lot ahead of us,” Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris said. “I told them, ‘this is a game where it’s easy for us to lose.’”

Stillwater (21-1) went a perfect 4-0 in its home tournament, which was split with Enid.

“We want to win every game from here on out,” Stillwater junior Brooks Zimmerman said.

Will Fowler tossed the first four innings for the Pioneers and earned the victory.

Zimmerman continued his hot streak at the plate with another home run in the victory.

“I’m just getting more at bats and feeling more comfortable at the plate. I’m seeing the ball really well right now. My timing feels good too,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman did what he has done all season — hit the ball. Zimmerman had Carson Teel and T.J. Black at second and third base in the first inning. Zimmerman sent a home run over the left field wall to take a quick 3-0 lead.

“(Zimmerman) is on a roll right now. He’s seeing the ball well and he’s driving it,” Harris said.

Midwest City scored one run in the second. The Bombers had two hits in the inning to pull to 3-1.

Teel brought Ryan Wieligman home with a hit to right field. Teel scored a run in the third inning when Black hit a double to right center for a 5-1 lead.

The Bombers came into the fourth inning ready to go. Midwest City got runners at first and second when Drew Wright went to the plate. Wright looked to have been able to bring in Justin Cooper with a hit to left field. Teel, in left field, gathered the ball and launched a rocket to home to get Cooper out. That must have fired up the Bombers. Midwest City converted on three Stillwater errors and a wild pitch to dwindle down the Pioneers’ lead to 5-4.

The Pioneers answered with a three-run bottom of the fourth to get some breathing room. Harrison Cornforth scored on an error to begin the inning. Mason Stuart was batting in place of Jon Littell and rose to the challenge with a double to right to bring home Wieligman and Black to go up 8-4.

Both teams scored a run apiece in the fifth inning. Stillwater went into the sixth inning up 9-5.

Stillwater’s Ryan Hoecker got around the bases after being walked, stealing second and getting moved to third. Hoecker stepped on the plate after a wild pitch to take Stillwater’s lead up to 10-5 — where it stayed.

“We were having to outscore them. We’re normally not having to do that. But the guys responded,” Harris said.

The Pioneers moved up to 20 straight victories with the win over Midwest City.

“We’ve had a lot of baseball this week. I’m tired and I’m sure the boys are tied and we’ll take (Sunday) off and hopefully rest some arms and get back to getting to do what we need to do,” Harris said.

Stillwater will have a tough road ahead with district series against Norman, Owasso and Jenks in the next two weeks. The Pioneers will get back on the field when they host Norman at 6 p.m. Monday.

“We’re going to prepare for it just like we do any other game and we’re going to have a lot of fun doing it,” Zimmerman said.

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