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June 14, 2014

No-hitters for local legion squad

WARNER — It takes good pitching, strong defense, and a playmaking offense to win a baseball game.

The Three Rivers Bandits were flawless in each of those, starting with pitching as the area’s American Legion squad rang up a pair of no-hitters, first over the Tulsa Titans 12-0 and then Fort Gibson 10-0 in the Connors State June Showcase on Friday.

Jack Christian pitched six innings in the opener but was relieved by Dillion Guffey, who threw the seventh to complete a combined no-hitter. A.J. Deason then no-hit Fort Gibson in a game that ended just before press deadline.

“Our pitching staff is deep. I’ve got some really good quality arms and young guys that can throw,” said Bandits coach Rusty Fulps. “Unlike past years, I think we are the deepest we have been in the sense of quality pitching. Our pitching and our defense is really good.”

The Bandits (10-0) were led in the opener by Preston Witten went  4-for-4 at the plate for the Bandits and drove in two runs. Drew Wilson was also big for the Bandits at the plate as he went 3-for-4, with doubles in the third and sixth and came up with a triple in the fifth.      

Muskogee Phoenix baseball MVP, Caleb Knight, also had two RBIs as he went 2-for-4. Wyatt Grooms and Boo Seward were both 3-for-5. Groom drove in a pair of runs on a triple in the seventh inning. Seward also had one run batted in.

Guffey was 3-for-3 in the second game for the Bandits.

“Our hitting is starting to come around.” said Fulps. “It’s not where we need it to be right now but we are improving. We are being more selective with pitches at the plate. We’re not getting behind in the count.  We are being disciplined at the plate and it is making a difference.”

Three Rivers plays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Connors today to complete the showcase.

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