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March 26, 2014

Mistakes switch dugouts; Wagoner downs FGHS

WAGONER — The Class 4A baseball rematch between Fort Gibson and Wagoner was just the opposite of the first game.  

This time it was the host Bulldogs’ ability to take advantage of Tiger mistakes to win 7-4 at Wills Hudlin Field.

Fort Gibson (4-7) committed seven errors in the ballgame and their coach was none too pleased.  “We had skillets for hands today, I don’t know if it’s the cold weather.  We played good defense yesterday and come over hear and couldn’t field a thing,”  said Tigers coach Randy Smith.

On the other side, Wagoner coach Larry Milligan was pleased with his team’s effort and especially the work of his pitching staff.  Preston Whitten started on the hill for the Bulldogs (7-4) and went five-plus innings giving up only two hits through the first four to move his record to 2-0.  

“The last time we played them, we made the  mistakes.  Preston did phenomenal for us, I told him to empty the tank, we don’t play again until Monday,”  said Milligan.

Added Whitten: “My arm’s feeling great and I have been working on my location.  My off speed was pretty good.”

Fort Gibson scored in the first inning when Boo Seward reached on a fielder’s choice and was driven in by Bubba Stone.  But the Bulldogs answered with three runs in the second inning, courtesy of a balk by Tiger pitcher Seward and an RBI single by Colton Strickland.  

Wagoner added two more in the third on a two run single by Cody Milligan.  Wagoner added one run each in the fourth and sixth innings with RBIs by Roman Rodriguez and the third RBI by Milligan.  Fort Gibson tried to make it close in the fifth inning, plating three runs with RBI hits from Tristian Johnson, Stone and Will Rumbly.

Johnson finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Stone was 1-for-2 with an RBI.  Seward took the loss for the Tigers. Chancey Scott, Strickland and Rodriguez were each 2-for-3 while Milligan was 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

Wagoner returns to action Monday with a 5 p.m. start at Vinita.  Fort Gibson travels to Locust Grove on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start.

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