Big blast

Latta slugger Colton Engel is congratulated by head coach Eddie Collins after hitting one of his two home runs Friday against Healdton. The Panthers slugged the Bulldogs 17-9. Engel finished 4-for-5 with six RBIs for the hosts.

Photo by Richard R. Barron
Ada Evening News

Thursday’s Games

At Plainview

Roff 24, Plainview 2

ROFF    (11)(13)0    0    —   24  22  0

PLAINVIEW    001    1    —    2    7  1

   Brendan McCurry and R.T. Stoup. Dylan Morales, Brooks Bronical and Blake Campo. WP-McCurry (2-0). LP-Morales. HR-McCurry 3 (13), Dayne Parker (11), Blake Logan (7), Brendon Barr (7), Jesse Cashman (6) (R). 2B-Stoup, Aaron Cornell, Mark Bryant (R); Gregory Grant (P). HL-McCurry 4-4, 3 HR, 10 RBIs, 4 RS; Parker 3-3, HR, 2 RBIs; Logan 3-3, HR, 2 RBIs; Barr 2-4, HR, 4 RBIs; Cashman 2-2, HR, 3 RS; Stoup 2-4; Bryant 2-4 (R). Morales 2-2 (P).

NOTEWORTHY: The Tigers, Class B’s top-ranked team, exploded for an 11-run first inning against Class 3A’s eighth-ranked Indians, highlighted by two home runs by Brendan McCurry as well as a homer apiece from Dayne Parker, Blake Logan and Brendon Barr. If that was not enough, Roff then scored 13 runs in the second inning, which was fueled by McCurry’s third homer of the day, and 117th of his ongoing high-school career home run record, as well as a homer by Jesse Cashman. All total, the Tigers pounded out 22 hits, while McCurry had an exceptional second straight start as he fanned five batters in five innings, while scattering two runs and seven hits. McCurry aided his own cause with a four-hit, 10-RBI performance while scoring four runs. Parker and Logan each had three hits, while Barr, Cashman, Stoup and Bryant each had two hits.

COACHES QUOTE: “I’ve never quite seen anything like that. I’m a bit speechless.” — Roff head coach Ead Simon.

Team records: Roff 17-0.

Up next: Roff at Caney Monday, 4:30 p.m.

At Latta

Latta 17, Healdton 9

HEALDTON    504    000    —    9    8  4

LATTA    504    431    —  17  15  3

   Healdton battery N/A. Taylor Dunnigan, Tyler Pogue (1), Tyler Reeves (4) and Bryce Harris. WP-Reeves (2-1). LP-N/A. HR-Colton Engel 2 (6), Dylan Tinkler (4) (L). 2B-Reed Johnson 2, Engel (L). HL-Engel 4-5, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 3 RS; Johnson 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBIs; Tinkler 1-4, HR (L).

NOTEWORTHY: With the game tied at 9-9 after three innings, the Panthers broke the tie with a four-run fourth inning, a three-run fifth inning and a single run in the sixth inning to end the game by run rule when Reed Johnson scored on a wild pitch. Colton Engel was 4-for-5 with a three-run home run in the first inning to highlight the five-run outburst after the Bulldogs opened the game with a five-run first inning. Engel then hit his second homer, a solo shot, in the fifth inning to help increase Latta’s lead to 16-9. Engel had six runs batted in, two homers and three runs scored, while Johnson had two hits, both doubles, and two RBIs. Dylan Tinkler also homered for the Panthers. Tyler Reeves got his second win as he came in as the game’s third Latta pitcher, and he recorded six strikeouts of the final nine outs he got.

COACHES QUOTE:”What was big was that after we gave up five runs in the first inning, we came back and scored five runs in the first inning. Then, after we give up four runs in the third inning, we came back and scored four runs in the third inning. We brought Tyler (Reeves) in, and he threw a lot better than he did against Vanoss. We haven’t played very well this week, but we’ve won our last two ball games — but I’ll take ugly wins anytime.” — Latta head coach Ed Collins

Team records: Latta 7-4

Up next: Latta vs. Wilburton, Hartshorne Monday, TBA at Hartshorne Festival.

At Rock Creek Tournament

First Round

Valliant 5, Tupelo 4

TUPELO    002    000    2    —  4    9  3

VALLIANT    301    100    x    —  5  10  0

     Jake Sanders, Trey Roberson (6) and Tanner Davis. Jordan James, Colby Mitchell (7) and John Welch. WP-James. LP-Sanders (1-2). 2B-Mitchell 2 (V). HL-Caleb Stallcup 2-3, Sanders 1-3, RBI; Brandon Maggia 1-3, RBI (T); Mitchell 3-4, 2 RS, RBI; Welch 1-4, 2 RBIs (V).

NOTEWORTHY: Tupelo (No. 5 in Class B) trimmed a 5-2 deficit to 5-4 in the top of the seventh and had runners at second and third with one out but couldn’t push across the tying run. Jake Sanderson singled home Trey Roberson — who had opened the seventh with a single — and Brandon Maggia added an RBI hit later in the seventh to make it 5-4. Freshman Caleb Stallcup was 2-for-3 and also had an infield hit in the seventh for Tupelo.

COACHES QUOTE: “I really felt like mentally we weren’t into it much today. Trey’s hit got us going to start the seventh and we strung some hit together, but offensively we’re not producing the way I think we’re capable of. Some guys have to step up and start producing.” — Tupelo head coach Clay Weller.

Team Records: Tupelo 9-4

Up Next: Tupelo at Sulphur Monday, 4:30 p.m.

At Sasakwa Tournament

Semifinals

Stratford 10, Wetumka 0

STRATFORD    271    0    —  10  13  0

WETUMKA    000    0    —    0    1  2

     Tyler Mills, Tyler Gaines (2), Randy Brown (4) and Chase Chamberlain, Nick Cosby (4). Alee, Cote (4) and Johnson. WP-Gaines (4-1). LP-Alee. 2B-Randy Brown 2, Cosby, Dalen Qualls, Gaines (S), Johnson (W). HL-Mills 2-3, 3 RS; Cosby 3-3, 2 RBIs; Qualls 2-3, 2 RS, 2 RBIs; Gaines 2-3, 3 RBIs; Brown 2-3, RBI (S).

NOTEWORTHY: Five of Stratford’s 13 hits went for extra bases, and three pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Bulldogs rolled into the tournament championship game. Randy Brown had two doubles and drove in a run, Nick Cosby was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Tyler Mills, Dalen Qualls and Tyler Gaines added two hits apiece and combined to score five runs and drive in five in the victory.

COACHES QUOTE: “We hit the ball well.” — Stratford head coach Mark Qualls.

Team Records: Stratford 11-2

Up Next: Stratford at Paoli Monday, 4 p.m.

At Stonewall

Stonewall 8, Fort Towson 2

FORT TOWSON    010    100    0    —  2  7  3

STONEWALL    300    014    x    —  8  9  4

   King and Teague; Cord Hendley, Josh Scribner (4) and Jordan Curtis. WP-Hendley (1-0). LP-King. HR-Colton Anderson (2), Scribner (9) (S). 2B-Zeke Munday (S). HL-Davis 2-3 (F). Munday 2-4, Tanner Taylor 2-2 (S).

NOTEWORTHY: The Longhorns, ranked 17th in Class A, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Colton Anderson hit his second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the first inning with two outs, to give Stonewall, which had its make-shift game Friday at Coleman postponed due to rain, a 3-0 lead. After Fort Towson, ranked 16th in Class A, scored once in the second and once more in the fourth to cut the deficit to 3-2, the ’Horns scored once in the fifth and four runs in the sixth — with three of them coming on a two-out, three-run homer by Josh Scribner, his ninth round-tripper of the season. Zeke Munday and Tanner Taylor had two hits apiece for Stonewall.

COACHES QUOTE: “We got some big two-out hits there (from Anderson and Scribner). That was a big win for us.” — Stonewall head coach Chuck Barton.

Team records: Stonewall 4-7

Up next: Stuart at Stonewall, Monday, 4:30 p.m.

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