Byng baseball coach Shawn Streater went into Thursday’s pool play contest with the host Redskins at the McLoud Invitational looking for his lost offense. After run-rule victories over McLoud Thursday and the OKC Broncos Friday, he might have found it.
Coming off a 14-1 rout of the Redskins that followed a punchless 11-2 loss to Class 2A No. 3 Dale a day earlier, Streater’s Pirates banged out 17 hits — including home runs from Jake Scroggins and Cody Williams — and cruised past the Broncos, 14-4, Friday morning. With the victory, Byng (9-7) finished in a tie with the Edmond Memorial junior varsity for second place in Pool A behind Dale but lost the tiebreaker (runs allowed) and played for fifth place Saturday afternoon.
“We hit the ball pretty well the last couple of games, and the pitching has been pretty good,” Streater said. “I’m hoping we can build some momentum heading into the playoffs.”
Freshman Reid Wall, one of the tournament’s offensive stars from his leadoff spot in the Byng batting order, moved to the mound Friday and, after surrendering a leadoff home run to Dalen Edgar in the bottom of the first, settled down to allow just one more earned run and three hits in his four innings of work. Wall — who reached base in 11 of his 12 plate appearances in Byng’s first three tournament games — also finished 3-for-4 at the plate and scored four runs.
“He had one inning where he had a lapse, but for a freshman he’s done a good job for us,” Streater said of Wall, who surrendered four hits and struck out three.
Wall led off the game with a single to right-center and scored on Scroggins’ sacrifice fly to give the Pirates an early 1-0 lead, and he also singled and scored in a five-run second-inning outburst that gave Byng the lead for good.
Justin Frazier, who was also having a solid tournament from the nine-hole in the lineup, plated the first two runs in the second with a soft single to left-center, and Scroggins drove in another run with a bloop single down the right field line.
Jake Wellington capped the rally with a double off the top of the wall in right, but confusion over whether the hit was a home run led to Scroggins being thrown out at the plate. Bronco left fielder Chris Thompson then made a nice sliding catch on Joe Nemecek’s line drive down the line to end the inning.
Williams, hitting in the eight-hole in the Byng lineup, followed a leadoff single by Clint Humphers in the third with a long home run to right, and four batters later Scroggins continued his huge day at the plate with a three-run blast to left to make it 11-1.
Josh Sanders’ RBI single in the bottom of the third plated the Broncos’ second run, and they scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth with the help of the only error in the game by either team. Byng then ended the game on the run rule with three runs in the top of the fiffth.
Wall started that rally with his third hit, a sharp single to center, and he stole second one pitch later. Brandon Fortner walked on four pitches, then Scroggins drove in his sixth run of the day with a single to right-center. Ryan Williams followed with a single to center to plate Fortner, and Williams chased home the final run in the inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Sophomore Tyler Pierce then came on to finish up for the Pirates for the third straight game, pitching a perfect fifth and striking out two. Pierce surrendered no runs and just two hits (both to Dale) in his first four-plus innings of relief at the tournament.
In addition to the three hits and four runs scored and three hits and six RBIs from Scroggins, the Pirates also got two hits and three RBIs from Cody Williams, two hits and two RBIs from Ryan Williams, two hits and two RBIs from Frazier (who had homered in Thursday’s win) and three hits and two runs scored from Humphers, who also made a couple of outstanding defensive plays in left field.
Edgar followed his first-inning homer with walks in his next two plate appearances and scored three of the Broncos’ four runs. Glenn Elmore was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs with a two-out single in the fourth.