- Ada, Oklahoma

October 7, 2013

Wister blanks Byng; Latta hangs on in first round

Carla Harris, special correspondent

Byng —      Wister freshman hurler Jake Sconyers struck out eight and scatter four hits to help the 20th-ranked Wildcats stun Byng 3-0 in the first round of the Class A Regional Tournament Thursday at Stokes Field.

     In the opener, No. 6 Latta avoided the upset bug by holding on for a 10-8 victory over No. 11 Tushka.

     Wister 3, Byng 0

     In a losing effort, Byng pitcher Gage Wall struck out 10 and only gave up three hits, but the Pirates could not seem to get their bats going.

In the top of the first, Jesse Hammons led the game off with a single for Wister. Sconyers was then walked. A Byng error then allowed the first Wister run to score.     Adrian Gonzales was hit by a pitch, and Cody Holzhammer hit a two RBI single to give the Wildcats the only runs they would need  — and score — in the contest.

     Throughout the rest of the game, Gage Wall only allowed one other hit, a single in the fifth inning.

     In the bottom of the first, Byng got their first two batters on base. Hunter Capps was walked, and Whitey Fortner then singled. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. But Sconyers struck out the side to escape the jam.

     In the bottom of the fifth, Byng had another chance to get something going offensively. Zeek Lumley reached on an error, and Ryan Smith and Capps were both walked to load the bases with only one out. Once again, though, the Pirates were not able to plate a run as Sconyers recorded a strike out and got a pop-up to third base to escape trouble again.

     Byng had one final chance in the bottom of the seventh. Smith and Capps both singled to put runners at first and second with one out. Gonzales then made an amazing catch in left field to rob Fortner of a hit, and Nemecek followed with a fly ball to right field to end the game.

     Smith, batting in the ninth spot in the order, was 2-for-2, and Capps and Fortner had the other two hits for Byng.

Latta 10, Tushka 8

     With the game tied at 5-5, Latta scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth, largely due to five Tushka errors to take a 10-5 lead. Tushka rallied in the sixth and seventh as they scored three runs to cut the deficit to 10-8. With two men on and the tying run at the plate, Tristan Wood caught a fly ball in right field to end the game.

     Latta got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning. Treston Tully led off with a single. Ty Hoppe then had a sacrifice to move Tully to second. Nick Wilson singled, and Tristan Monroe walked to load the bases. Tristen Wood was also walked to force in a run.

Brady Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice that pushed across another LHS run before Austin Simpson ripped a three-RBI double to put Latta on top 5-0.

     In the fourth, Tushka got its bats going. Taylor Mobbs led off with a single. Jody Moreland also had a single, and Wyatt Daniel was walked to load the bases.    Weston Manar grounded out but knocked in a run. Trevar Lytle then had a two-RBI double to cut the Latta lead to 5-3.

     Tushka added two more runs in the top half of the fifth. Connor Sutton singled and Mobbs was walked. Daniel then doubled to drive in two more runs and knot the score at 5-5.

     Latta took advantage of the Tushka errors in the bottom of the fifth as they plated five more runs to take a 10-5 lead. Hayes doubled, and Hoppe singled and drove in a run during the big LHS inning.

     In the sixth inning, Tushka scored a single run after a walk was issued to Lytle and Ridge Stephens hit an RBI single to make it 10-6.

     Tushka made one last rally in the top of the seventh. Mobbs singled and then scored from first after a single by Moreland. Daniel reached on an error, and      Moreland scored to cut the lead to 10-8 with no outs. Latta recorded two outs before Lytle received a free pass to put runners at first and second. Wood caught the game ending out to give the Panthers the victory.

     Tushka outhit Latta 9-5, but committed eight errors in the contest compared to one error by Latta. Hayes went to the mound in the fifth and got the win for the Panthers.

     For Tushka, Mobbs was 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Moreland went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Daniel was 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Lytle went 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs.

     Simpson went 1-for-3 and had four RBIs to lead the Latta offense. Hayes was 1-for-3 with a run scored, and Tully went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.