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April 15, 2012

Roughers blanked by Rogers

— It was the same song, but a different verse for the Muskogee Roughers.

Once again, MHS (8-14) kept close, but a rocky seventh inning proved to be the difference as it lost 4-0 to the Rogers (Ark.) Mountaineers at Roughers Park on Saturday.

The Roughers hung with the Mountaineers (13-12) through six scoreless innings as Tyler Bowden limited Rogers to just four base runners. But the Mountaineers, using three pitchers, did equally well as Muskogee had just one hit and four runners in the six innings.

“I told our guys after the game sometimes you just have to give it to the pitcher,” MHS coach Doug Gunselman said. “They threw three good pitchers at us today, but we got good swings and we didn’t strike out a lot. We just hit the ball right at them and they didn’t make any errors. It stinks, but that’s baseball and you don’t freak out about it.”

It was timely hitting by Rogers and untimely errors by the Roughers in the seventh that was the difference.

Mountaineer left fielder Chris Quesada led the seventh off with a double to left field. The next batter, Orin Orlopp, laid down a sacrifice bunt that Bowden fielded but threw wildly to first. Brett Damico followed with a sacrifice fly to left to drive in the only run Rogers would need.

Camdon Myers followed with a double down the left field line, plating the second run. He went to third on a throwing error by Rougher third baseman Dakota Morse off a grounder by Tim Seldomridge. Seldomridge then stole second base. He scored, along with Myers, on a base hit by catcher Austin Griffin.

Addison Stanfill, the third of the Mountaineer pitchers, retired the Roughers in the seventh to record the victory. Bowden, who went the distance for the Roughers, took the loss.

Even though Muskogee managed just one hit off the trio of Roger’s pitchers, Gunselman told his players not to push the panic button.

“You’re going to be out 70 percent of the time, even if you’re a good hitter,” he said. “Just because you go 0-for-4 doesn’t mean you go out and re-invent your swing. It’s just something that you have to continue to battle and recognize you’re going to see good pitching.”

The Roughers had only a couple scoring opportunities.

In the second inning with two outs, Ethan Barton got Muskogee’s only hit and went to second on a walk to Morse. Matt Vieira then grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.

In the third, Bowden led off with a walk and went to second on a fielder's choice. But Garrett Brown and Harris Jones both hit fly outs to end the threat.

The Roughers return to District 6A-3 play at Owasso on Monday and home against the Rams, ranked No. 2 in the Okrankings.com poll, on Tuesday. Both games start at 6 p.m.

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