, Muskogee, OK


March 19, 2014

Warner rally falls short vs. Okmulgee

WARNER – A young Warner Eagles squad found themselves near a run-rule defeat in the fifth inning, but avoided it with seven runs in two innings. Sadly, those two innings were not enough for a victory as the Okmulgee Bulldogs ended the hopes of a miraculous comeback with a 14-7 win over the Eagles at Warner High School on Tuesday afternoon.

Trailing 8-0 going into the bottom of the fifth with only four hits, Warner (2-6) seemed to already have a stamp of defeat but the Eagles would earn three consecutive hits from Hunter Morris, Jaycee McPeak and Garrett Rice, which scored Morris. Gage Sparrow walked to load the bases and another walk brought McPeak home, keeping the bases loaded with only one out but all three runners were stranded as Okmulgee struck out the next two batters leaving the Eagles trailing 8-2.

One inning later, the Eagles found themselves with two quick outs after three at bats as it began another rally. After Rice was walked, Kayden Hammans would hit a single into center that would score Morris who had reached second on a single with an error. Sparrow would get a two-run single in the next at bat, making it a 10-5 game. Levi Jones then sent a two-run shot over the left field wall to bring Warner within three at 10-8. Clayton Kilpatrick continued the inning with a single but Tyler Wardlow hit into a fielder’s choice, thus ending the inning.

“We made adjustments later on in our approach at the plate, kind of had some success,” said Warner coach Dusty Tidwell. “We need to get to where we are doing that quicker and earlier in the game. We do that, we will be all right.”

But the Bulldogs (3-3) pulled back away on a four-run, three-hit seventh inning, that made it a 14-7 ball game, which is where it would end.

“Its one of those deals, that we’re young, “Tidwell said. “These kids haven’t been in these situations which they haven’t seen before.”.

Tidwell’s squad starts three freshmen, three sophomores, two juniors and one senior.

“Our future is real bright. We just have to take care of business and not play from behind. I’ve been telling them from day one, in the middle of the year is when we need to be where we need to be.”

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