In what may have been the most anticipated high school baseball game of the season (excluding next month’s state title games), Class B’s top-ranked Roff Tigers went pretty much toe-to-toe with Class 6A’s top-ranked Owasso Rams Saturday night in the title game of the Nike/Pro-Nine Classic. But in the end, a few Roff miscues and the pitching of Owasso ace Dylan Bundy was too much for the Tigers to overcome.
Three Roff errors led to all five Owasso runs being unearned as the Tigers lost 5-2 to suffer their first loss this season. Bundy struck out 17 batters to get the victory in a game which was reported to have several hundred college baseball scouts in attendance.
“He was just overpowering,” Roff coach Ead Simon said about Bundy. “He’s pretty good, but we threw a good one, too (in Brendan McCurry).”
McCurry (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season, but he struck out eight batters in six innings and allowed no earned runs and only three hits — all doubles, one apiece from Brian Wilson, Corey Cole and Kendall Emerson.
The Rams (17-3) broke a scoreless tie as they scored a run on the first of Roff’s three errors to make it 1-0.
But in the fourth inning, the other two Roff errors set up a four-run fourth for the tournament hosts as Owasso upped the advantage to 5-0 after four innings.
The Tigers (23-1) scored their runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Dayne Parker and an RBI grounder by Blake Logan to cut the deficit to 5-2 after six innings. An attempted seventh-inning acme up short for the Tigers.
“Even through the errors, I think we just got out-baseballed,” Simon said. “The kids got down 5-0, and we made a run there in the sixth inning. But I just think we got out-baseballed. We’ve been having moments where we may not do the right thing, but previously we’ve been able to battle back from those. We couldn’t do that (Saturday) night. We just got out-baseballed, and those kinds of things are going to happen. This was a great tournament, and it’s going to help us down the line.”
In defeat, Parker was the game’s lone multiple-hitter, going 2-for-3 with a run batted in for Roff.
The Tigers were slated to play in the Dale Festival this afternoon, meeeting the host Pirates (coached by former Sulphur Bulldogs coach Jerry Sanford), ranked third in Class 2A, at 3 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. matchup with the Newcastle Racers.
By the Box
Owasso 5, Roff 2
ROFF 000 002 0 — 2 3 3
OWASSO 001 400 x — 5 3 2
Brendan McCurry and R.T. Stoup. Dylan Bundy and Corey Cole. WP-Bundy. LP-McCurry (3-1). 2B-Cole, Brian Wilson, Kendall Emerson (D). HL-McCurry 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 8 Ks; Dayne Parker 2-3, RBI (R). Bundy 7 IP 2 R, 3 H, 17 Ks (O).