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April 22, 2014

Asher wins tough Roff Invitational

Roff — The Class B second-ranked Asher Indians received a two-run homer from Tim Johnson and solid pitching from right-hander Caleb Dubler in registering a 7-6 victory over Class 2A second-ranked Dale to capture the championship of the 20th Annual Roff Spring Invitational on Saturday.

“That’s probably as good of a tournament as any around. Of the 10 teams, seven of them were ranked in the top five of their respective classes,” said Asher head coach Shane Coker. “Offensively, we came together in this tournament, and it was three spectacular outings by our pitchers.”

The Indians opened the tournament with a 12-2 rout of Class B fourth-ranked Leedey in the first round on Thursday, then earned a 9-6 victory over Class B third-ranked Lookeba-Sickles in the semifinals on Friday.

In Saturday’s championship game, Johnson went 2-for-4 from the plate in the Indians’ nine-hit attack. Teammate Tanner Andrews was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in, and Colby Carpenter was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and one RBI.

Dubler, a right-hander, upped his pitching record to 5-3 on the season as he worked all seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. Dale ended up with 12 hits, but only two of the six Pirate runs were earned.

Asher improved to 18-7 on the season and is set to play Dale again at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home.

Roff 12, Lookeba-Sickles

Third Place

Cruz Villafranco went 3-for-4 from the plate with two runs batted in and two runs scored, and Dalton Reed hit a solo-homer as host Roff (21-6) topped Lookeba-Sickles, 12-4, for third place on Saturday. 

Reed also got the pitching win in relief of starter C.J. Johnson. That pair combined for a five-hitter. Tied 4-all through four innings, the Tigers (No. 1 in Class A) tallied two runs in the fifth and broke the game open with a six-run sixth to end it on the run rule.

Bryson Lierle doubled in a 2-for-2 outing to lead the Panthers (No. 3 in Class B).

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