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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.
The hosts got an RBI single by designated hitter Caleb Scroggins in the bottom of the third with two more runs scoring via a passed ball and a wild pitch.
Byng scored the final three runs in the fourth with the aid of just one hit — a leadoff single by Reid Wall. Andre Davis had a sacrifice fly in the final BHS uprising that also included two more walks, an error and two runs that scored on two more wild pitches.
Reid Wall was the only player in the game with more than one hit but four players scored two runs each for Byng and four others had at least one RBI.
The Pirates have now outscored their last four opponents by a combined score of 40-1.
Tuttle 11, Coalgate 3
Tuttle erupted for eight first-inning runs to bury the Wildcats early.
Conner Litterell blasted a two-run homer in the first-inning outburst while Zach Wall added an RBI double. Dalton Secrist also had an RBI hit in the early Tuttle explosion.
The Tigers scored two more runs in the second to grab 10-1 advantage.
Corey Cupp scattered three hits to earn the mound win for Tuttle.
Litterell finished 1-for-1 with three RBIs — which included a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third that plated the final Tuttle run. Tanner Brannon, Austin Garrett and Secrist all had two hits each in a 12-hit Tuttle offense.
Tyler Price, Cutter Brown and Cody Franks all finished 1-for-2 for the Wildcats.