Byng — Byng junior Sawyer Walton worked his way through a first-inning rough spot and allowed just one hit in four innings during the Pirates’ 11-1 rout of McLoud Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Hill-Prescott Memorial Tournament.
Byng, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, improved to 19-6 on the year and advanced to face the Ada-Seminole winner in tonight’s 7:30 p.m semifinals. McLoud (8-19) will meet the Ada-Seminole loser today at noon.
In another early first-round matchup, top seed Tuttle trounced Coalgate 11-3. The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, won their ninth game in a row to improve to 23-6 while the Wildcats dipped to 10-12. Tuttle will play the Latta-Plainview survivor in a 5 p.m. semifinal contest this evening while Coalgate battles the Latta-Plainview loser today at 2:30 p.m.
Byng 11, McLoud 1
After McLoud leadoff hitter Will Olds reached on an error, Walton surrendered a one-out RBI double James Good to give the Redskins the early 1-0 advantage.
After a four-pitch walk to Deven Dart, Byng head coach Shawn Streater had a meeting on the mound with Walton and the rest of the Pirate infield. Walton then struck out three of the next five batters he faced and allowed just three more base runners over the final three innings via a pair of walks and a hit batter.
Byng scored two runs in the bottom of the first and three in each of the final three frames to pull away and eventually end the game via the run-rule.
The Pirates’ first two runs came after Olds, McLoud’s starting pitcher, walked three batters and hit another in the bottom of the first inning. Hunter Capps, who returned to the Byng lineup after rehabbing a nagging injury, hit a sacrifice fly to put Byng ahead 2-1.
Byng freshman Darian Davis was hit to lead off the top of the second inning — the same way he started the first frame — and Whitey Fortner followed with a base hit to center field. Reid Wall then blasted a no-doubt-about-it home run over the left field wall to push the Byng advantage to 5-1.