Ada’s Post 72 Braves capped a dominant run through the pool play portion of their schedule at the 20th Brad Holt Memorial Tournament with an 11-3 victory over Muskogee Three Rivers Saturday.
Their third straight run-rule victory at the tournament and fourth overall gave the Braves a 3-0 pool play record and a 22-7 mark overall and lifted them into today’s 2 p.m. championship game against either the host Stillwater Legionnaires (the two-time defending tournament champions) or the Ardmore Cardinals. Stillwater and Ardmore played Saturday night for the other spot in the championship game.
Three Post 72 pitchers combined on a seven-hitter Saturday, and the Ada offense — particularly cleanup hitter Dylan Tinkler — continued to produce runs at a dizzying rate.
Tinkler, who homered — once from the left side and once from the right — and doubled in each of the Braves’ victories Thursday, went 4-for-4 Saturday with two home runs (his seventh and eighth of the season), his third double of the tournament and six RBIs.
As a team, the Braves have outscored the opposition, 55-7, during their current four-game winning streak.
Tinkler, an All-State performer for Latta this year, gave the Braves a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a home run to right, he doubled with the bases loaded to drive in two of the four runs in a third-inning rally that also included Kade Curry’s RBI single and wiped out a short-lived Three Rivers lead, he singled home a run in the Braves’ two-run fourth inning, and he followed a two-run homer by Matt Johnson (also his eighth of the summer) with a solo shot to center field in the fifth that ultimately ended the game on the run rule.
“It’s nice when your four-hole drives in runs in four of the five innings,” Post 72 coach Travis Graham said after Saturday’s win. “The only inning he didn’t bat was the second, and that was the only inning we didn’t score.”
Tinkler also got the victory with two shutout innings on the mound in relief of starter Jordan Scott, who surrendered six of Three Rivers’ seven hits and all three runs in two innings of work. Johnson finished up by pitching a scoreless fifth.
In addition to Tinkler’s four hits, Cody Robinson went 2-for-3 and scored a run from the nine-hole in the Ada lineup, and two-hole hitter Jake Sanders continued an outstanding summer by going 1-for-2 with three runs scored as part of a 10-hit Ada attack. The Braves also drew seven walks from three Three Rivers pitchers.
Graham said former Roff standout Blake Logan — 3-0 this summer with 31 strikeouts in his last 14 innings — will pitch today’s championship game.
“We’ll have one of our best pitchers going today,” Graham said. “With the way Blake has been pitching and the way we’ve been scoring runs, we have to feel like we’ve got a pretty good shot.”