ROFF — The Roff Tigers and the Stonewall Longhorns could be set for a meeting Saturday for the title of the 16th Roff Spring Tournament.
Thursday afternoon at Tiger Field, tournament-host Roff handled Fort Towson in a battle of Tigers 17-0 in a four-inning, run-rule contest to make it to tonight’s 7 p.m. semifinal against the Rattan Rams (ranked fourth in Class A), which got a six-inning, run-rule victory over Class A’s 19th-ranked Ripley Warriors by a score of 9-1 in Thursday night’s final opening-round game.
In the second game of the day, the Longhorns rallied from a 6-0 deficit to down the Caney Cougars 11-7. The ’Horns were to meet Lookeba-Sickles in the first of two championship semifinals at 5 p.m. as the Panthers run ruled the Vanoss Wolves 12-0 in the third game of the day on Friday.
The semifinal winners will play at 3 p.m. Saturday for the tournament title, while the losers will play for third place at 1 p.m.
The Wolves were to meet the Cougars in today’s first consolation semifinal at 12:30 p.m., while that was to be followed by a matchup between Fort Towson and Ripley at 2:30 p.m. The winners will play at 11 a.m. Saturday for the consolation championship, while the losers will be eliminated from the tournament.
Roff 17, Fort Towson 0
Roff (25-1), ranked first in Class B, wasted little time in taking control of the game. An eight-run first inning, highlighed by the first of two home runs by Aaron Cornell, gave the Pontotoc County Tigers an 8-0 lead.
The tournament hosts, thanks to Cornell’s second home run of the game — a grand-slam — and back-to-back solo homers by Brandon McCurry (his record-setting 121st high school career home run) and Dayne Parker, scored seven runs in the second inning to increase the advantage to 15-0.
An RBI double by Eddie Lomas and an RBI groundout by Chance Tolliver produced two runs in the third inning for a 17-0 cushion after three innings.
Meanwhile, McCurry (4-1) pitched the first two innings, while Tim Wallen pitched the final two innings. The Roff duo pitched a two-hitter, as a two-out, second-inning single by Job Davis and a two-out, fourth-inning single by Roy Makerney was all the Choctaw County Tigers could muster. All total, Fort Towson (5-14), ranked 18th in Class A, could only get three batters aboard the bases.
For the game, Cornell was 2-for-2 with his 13th and 14th homers of the season, five runs batted in and two runs scored, McCurry was 2-for-2 with his 17th homer of the season, two RBIs and two runs scored, Parker was 2-for-3 with his 13th round-tripper of the spring campaign, two RBIs and two runs scored, R.T. Stoup was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Wallen was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI, Mark Bryant was 1-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI and Lomas was 1-for-1 with an RBI double for Roff.
Aaron Byrd (0-1) suffered the loss for Fort Towson.
Stonewall 11, Caney 7
Trailing 6-0 after three home runs by the Cougars (14-7), ranked sixth in Class B, the Longhorns (9-9), ranked 16th in Class A, started mounting a comeback in the third inning. Three Caney errors allowed the ’Horns to score twice to cut the deficit to 6-2 after three innings.
In the fourth inning, it only took one swing of the bat to get the game tied. Tanner Taylor’s first home run of the spring season, a grand-slam homer, just got over the left-field fence to tie the game at 6-6 after four innings.
The Longhorns took the lead for good in the sixth inning, as Josh Scribner’s 12th homer of the season, a two-run shot, gave Stonewall an 8-6 lead.
The Cougars tried to rally as starting pitcher Aaron Chalk hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot, in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to 8-7 after six innings.
But the ’Horns salted the game away with a three-run seventh inning on RBI singles by Dillon Monday and Zeke Munday and a sacrifice fly by Taylor to give Stonewall a 11-7 lead.
Scribner retired three of the four batters he faced in the home half of the frame to end the game, and secure the win for the Longhorns.
The Cougars took the early lead, thanks to the long ball. A lead-off homer by Mack Fincher and a three-run homer by Landon Green gave Caney a 4-0 lead after an inning. Then, Chalk’s first homer of the day, a two-run shot in the second inning, upped the advantage to 6-0 after two innings.
For the game, Munday was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a run batted in, Taylor was 2-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored and Scribner was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Longhorns. Dakota McCollum (3-2) got the win in relief of starting pitcher Marcus Sandy (who had six strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work) for Stonewall.
Chalk (7-3) suffered the loss for Caney, but in six innings pitched, he struck out 11 batters. In defeat, Skylar Adair was 3-for-5 with a run scored, Chalk was 2-for-4, both homers, with three runs scored and three RBIs, Fincher was 1-for-3 with a solo homer, two runs scored and an RBI and Green was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a run scored for the Cougars.
Lookeba-Sickles 12, Vanoss 0
The Panthers (18-9), ranked seventh in Class B, wasted little time taking control of the game. A two-out, two-run home run by Logan Willits, his second homer of the spring, gave Lookeba-Sickles a 2-0 lead after an inning.
In the second inning, a grand-slam homer by Kent Callison, his first homer of the 2010 campaign, to go with an RBI single by Zach Mogg and a bases-loaded walk to Willits, increased the advantage to 8-0 after two innings.
Lookeba-Sickles starting pitcher Mason Marshall (7-2 with the win) aided his own effort as he hit his second homer of the spring, a two-run shot, in the third inning to make it 10-0 after three innings.
In the fourth inning, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Josh Taylor made it 12-0. After Marshall retired the Wolves (17-8), ranked sixth in Class 2A, in the home half of the fourth inning, the game ended by run rule.
Marshall allowed only one hit, a lead-off single by Eric Osborn in the first inning, who got to third on a wild pitch. But Marshall, who issued two walks — one to Casey Henry and the other to Dal Willoughby — in the inning, got the next batter to fly out to end the threat. After that, Marshall retired eight stright batters before he hit Dillon Childress and walked Zac Dansby with two outs in the fourth inning. After striking out the next batter, the game ended, and Marshall had his one-hit shutout.
Marshall was 1-for-2 with two runs scored to go with his two-run homer, Willits was 1-for-2 with his two-run blast and four runs batted in and Callison was 1-for-1 with his grand-slam homer and two runs scored for the Panthers.
Osborn was 1-for-2 for Vanoss as teammate Dexter Priest (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season.