Roff, Tupelo and Stonewall all made it look easy Thursday in the opening round of the baseball playoffs in Classes A and B.
At Roff, the Tigers (No. 2 in Class A) beat Healdton, 14-0 and 17-1, to capture their district title, and Tupelo (No. 2 in Class B) also cruised at home, eliminating Mill Creek, 18-0 and 12-0. Stonewall also had no trouble on the opening day of the Class A district at Indianola, crushing Canadian, 14-1, before run-ruling the host squad, 13-1. The Longhorns need a victory over Indianola today to advance to next week’s regional tournament.
Stratford had an unusual day at the Class A district at Bowlegs Thursday. The Bulldogs crushed Macomb, 29-0, in their opener, then dropped a 3-1 decision to Bowlegs later in the day. With the loss, Stratford has to beat Bowlegs twice today (first game at 2 p.m.) to advance.
CLASS A DISTRICT
Roff 14, Healdton 0
Tim Wallen had three hits, including the game’s only extra-base hit (a double), and Eddie Lomas went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Roff (22-8) to the run-rule victory.
Dakota Schafer (5-1) and Brendon Barr combined on a three-hitter for the Tigers, who had 14 hits in just four at-bats.
Roff 17, Healdton 1
Wallen allowed one run over three innings and also homered and drove in four runs as Roff wrapped up the district title. Jeremy Grinstead hit a grand slam for the Tigers and finished with five RBIs, and Lomas had another big game with three hits and an RBI in the win.
CLASS B DISTRICT
Tupelo 18, Mil Creek 0
Tupelo (25-7) got home runs from Jake Sanders, Tanner Davis, Brandon Maggia and Trey Roberson scored 17 runs in its final two at-bats en route to the run-rule victory.
Sanders and Kade Curry had two hits and two RBIs apiece, Maggia drove in three runs, and Roberson added two RBIs in the win. H. D. Bullard allowed two hits over four innings for his second win on the mound
Tupelo 12, Mill Creek 0
Chat Henry tossed a four-inning no-hitter in his first varsity start on the mound, and Maggia homered for one of just four Tupelo hits. Jacob Beach was 2-for-3, and Tanner Davis and Maggie drove in two runs apiece for the Tigers, who took advantage of nine walks and one hit batter in the win.
Dalen Qualls hit three three-run homers and finished 5-for-5 with 12 RBIs as Stratford crushed Macomb.
Winning pitcher Randy Brown, Nick Cosby, Tyler Gaines and Reese Reynolds added three hits apiece, and Reynolds drove in four runs for the Bulldogs, who banged out a season-high 23 hits. Drake Kelley also had two hits and drove in four runs in the victory.
Bowlegs 3, Stratford 1
Three of the game’s four runs were unearned, and Bowlegs handed Qualls his first loss in seven decisions to put Stratford behind the eight-ball heading into today’s action.
Qualls allowed just six hits, and two of the runs he allowed in the fourth inning were unearned, the result of three Stratford errors in the inning. Gaines singled and scored the only Stratford run in the second inning on an error.