MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 17, 2013

MHS takes FG for third; Tahlequah falls in finals


Phoenix Staff Reports

— Muskogee’s Tony Horn held Fort Gibson to two hits and the Roughers laid claim to third place in the Ram Invitational in Owasso with a 3-1 victory Saturday.

Fort Gibson’s pitcher wasn’t shabby. Eric Hudson struck out eight and gave up four hits. All the game’s runs were scored in the first inning. The Tigers committed two of their three errors in the first and those led to Muskogee’s three runs. Ethan Barton had an RBI single in the frame.

Boo Seward brought home a run off his first-inning single for the Tigers. The only other hit Horn allowed in his first decision of the season was a bunt single by Zach Green.

“Both had some moments when they struggled and both did a good job of climbing out of it,” FGHS assistant coach James Parnell said. “Eric had a good game. We didn’t help him early defensively and we never got him the offense.”

“Fort Gibson was very aggressively offensively. They put a lot of balls in play but Tony kept his composure and competed. He was a bulldog out there. You want them to compete and he did just that.”

Muskogee had three runners picked off by Hudson on what Griffin thought were balks.”

“There was a little adversity there we had to battle through. I thought we should have gotten the calls but we didn’t and we weren’t able to add to the lead.”

Late Saturday, 6A No. 1 Owasso took the tournament championship, beating Tahlequah 7-0.

Owasso improved to 10-0.

Stephen Wheeler (0-2) was the losing pitcher in giving up five unearned runs. Lane Cobb’s fifth-inning single was the Tigers’ only hit.

Spring break will send two of the area teams on cross-country trips.

Muskogee will join a host of other Oklahoma Schools in the Coach Bob National Invitational in Phoenix this week, starting Tuesday.  Verdigris, Tulsa Memorial, Ada, Tulsa Memorial, Verdigris, Ponca City, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Bartlesville, Edmond Deer Creek and Edmond Santa Fe are the other Oklahoma schools in the multi-pool tournament of teams all over the western half of the country.

Tahlequah is in the Aggie Classic in Pensacola, Fla., starting Tuesday.

Fort Gibson will play Roland and Hilldale in a three-way starting at noon Monday.