By Jimmy Stinson
FORT GIBSON — On this senior night, the weather was more like an early season game — winds from the northwest with cloudy skies and unseasonably cold weather.
Yet the Fort Gibson Tigers did not let the weather dampen their celebration of their seniors and they hammered the Haskell Haymakers 12-2 in action on Tuesday night. Fort Gibson batted through their line up in each of the first two innings, scoring five runs in each of the innings and added one each in the third and fourth innings to take the run rule victory.
“I think tonight was an all out effort. They (team) had a lot of fun with it. The kids just came out lose and had fun tonight,” said Fort Gibson head coach Randy Smith. “When you hit the ball it gets kinda contagious.”
Haskell coach Matt Ross concurred.
“We threw our No. 4 guy to try to save arms for the playoffs. He threw strikes, they just got base hits. That’s just the way it was, we didn’t kick it around, they just hit the ball.”
Colton Dorris led off for the Tigers with a base hit to right field that was misplayed, allowing him to reach third. Zach Drain was hit by a pitch. Boo Seward hit a sharp grounder to short to score Darris, but the throw to second to start the double play was dropped leaving runners at first and second.
Following a pop up to short, Tristan Johnson doubled to drive in Drain. Markie Carman singled followed by an RBI single by Nick Burt. Josh Nunez picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice followed by an RBI single by Cole Igert.
Fort Gibson continued the barrage in the second with singles by Drain, Seward and Bubba Stone, with Stone picking up an RBI. Johnson drove home a run the hard way when he was hit by a pitch. Carman’s RBI single was sandwiched between two runs pushed across the hard way when Johnson and Burt were plunked by pitches.Nunez finished the RBI onslaught with his RBI fielder’s choice, making it 10-1.
Garrett Moore started on the mound for the Tigers and picked up the win, tossing three innings of one hit ball. The only hit given up was Dillon Dobbins’ single to start the game. Following a ground out by Alex Wheeland, Matt Drake hit the ball sharply to third and was forced out at first, but the throw to third was off the mark, allowing Dobbins to score.
“It felt great to go out there with my team and my family here and throw good. I just felt honored to throw the game,” said Moore.
Haskell’s only other run came in the fourth inning when Lane Young reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on a Ryan Lechner hit and scored on a passed ball. Lechner started for Haskell and was charged with the loss.
Haskell returns to action Thursday when they travel to Stigler for Class 3A districts. Fort Gibson travels to Sallisaw also on Thursday, for 4A districts.