By Jimmy Stinson
VIAN — The Vian Wolverines showed Friday why they are No. 3 in the latest Okrankings.com Class 3A baseball poll, improving to 14-1 for the season with a five-inning 10-1 run-rule victory against the Haskell Haymakers at Vian’s diamond.
Winners of 12 straight games, the Wolverines jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and that was all pitcher Brett Hooper would need. Hooper (2-0) picked up the complete-game victory, scattering four hits and giving up one run.
“He(Hooper) threw well and we played good defense behind him,” Vian coach John Brockman said. “We had one throwing error but no fielding errors and we hit the ball well. Riley (Simon) and Denver (Coffee) had really good days at the plate. We just have to keep getting better.”
Simon and Coffee led the Wolverine hitting attack that scored runs in every inning.
Coffee finished the day with two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Meanwhile, Simon had three hits including two doubles, five RBIs and a game-ending two-run home run.
“I’ve been taking a lot of BP lately and today I was seeing the ball really well,” Simon said. “He threw me a high inside curve ball and I pulled it over the left field fence.”
Simon’s older brother Rowdy also scored a run and had two hits.
Haskell coach Matt Ross was impressed with the Wolverines’ hitting attack.
“Give them credit, they’re a good team,” Ross said. “We’re young but getting better,”
Brody Enkey (1-1) took the loss for the Haymakers, who drop to 4-8.
“I thought he pitched well,” added Ross. “This was only his second outing.”
The Haymakers’ lone run came in the third inning.
Colby Graves led off with a single and moved to third on a single by Britt Williams.
With two outs, Rien Kelly bunted home Graves.
“That was a gutsy call on his part,” Ross said. “With two outs he saw the defense playing way back and put it (bunt) down and beat it out at first.”
Both teams return to action on Monday, with Vian hosting Red Oak and Haskell hosting Henryetta.