Thursday’s severe weather left coaches across southern Oklahoma scrambling, and things were no different at the Roff Spring Baseball Tournament.
Only two games were completed Thursday, leaving tournament officials facing a long second day. First-round games continued at 10 a.m. with Dale facing Vanoss, then Rattan was scheduled to face Ripley at noon. The losers of those two games will play at 2 p.m. with the winners squaring off in a semifinal at 4 p.m. This evening’s action has Fort Towson — which lost to Lookeba-Sickles, 11-4, in Thursday’s second game — meeting the Durant junior varsity — a 14-6 loser to Roff in the tournament opener. Roff and Lookeba will close out the second day’s action at 8 p.m.
Roff (No. 2 in Class A) got off to a rocky start Thursday, falling behind 5-0 before rallying for the victory. The Tigers scored 14 runs in their final four at-bats, and Cody Peak pitched four-plus strong innings after relieving starter Remington Pope in the midst of a four-run Durant rally in the first.
“In the first inning, our pitchers have been having a rough time,” Roff coach Ead Simon said after seeing his club improve to 17-6. “It’s hard to spot good teams runs and beat them.”
The Tigers pieced together a three-run rally in the second, tied the score with two more in the third and took command with a six-run fourth-inning explosion highlighted by Peak’s grand slam. Tim Wallen also had an RBI single in the fourth, and he added a run-scoring hit in a three-run fifth inning that also featured a two-run single by Eddie Lomas.
Peak finished with a career-high five RBIs in addition to earning his first varsity pitching victory. Wallen was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and Lomas also had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in the win.
Dillon Stevens and Zac Lively had two hits apiece for Durant, which got a home run from starting pitcher Brian Gonzalez.