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April 8, 2012

Gore falls in tourney final

— GORE — Tanner Carter had mixed results on the mound for the Gore Pirates on Saturday.

He struck out eight batters but gave up three runs in the fourth inning against the Tulsa Union junior varsity as the Redskins took the 5-3 victory over the Pirates in the championship game of the first Ricky Spears-Pirate Invitational at Gore on Saturday.

Carter’s record evened at 4-4 with the loss as the Pirates slipped to 12-11.

“That one inning cost us,” he said. “They kept hitting the ball into the gap. It was a tough break for us. But It’s also exciting to get eight strikeouts in any game.”

With the score tied at 2-2, Union’s three-run outburst began with Mason Farquhar singling home Ryan Robinson. Farquhar, after advancing to third, would come home on double steal for the second run and Jared Griffith, who moved Farquhar to third with a single, came home on a fielder’s choice to end the scoring.

“We had plays where we didn’t execute,” Gore coach Eric Douthit said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s JV or not. Union (22-2) has a good ballclub and they’re coached up really well. They’ve got some good kids.”

Carter also helped his own cause as his groundout in the second inning scored Justin Thomas, after Thomas  doubled to score Garrett Lehnick, tying the game at 2-2.

Cole Keathley slugged his fifth home run of the season, and second of the tournament, with a solo blast in the sixth inning to cut the Union lead to 5-3. The Pirates wouldn’t get any closer.

Earlier in the day, Okay (11-7) defeated Webbers Falls (6-9) 13-0 in the third-place game.

Winning pitcher Tim Warmack (3-3) only gave up singles to R.J. Wofford and Dillon Coleman. Dylan Coker had three hits and drove in two runs, while Warmack and Zac Cagle each had two hits and two RBIs.

Okay was sent into the third-place game after dropping a 2-1 decision to the Union JV. Tylor Cagle singled in Dylan Coker for the Mutangs’ lone run and Nathan Dilling (2-3) was the losing pitcher.

Gore beat Webbers Falls 10-6 to advance to the championship game on the strength of a six-run second inning. Keathley slapped a two-run single and Wade Shanks slugged a bases-loaded double in the inning. Thomas had a two-run double in the Pirates’ three-run first inning.

Wofford hit a two-run double and Jamie Carey was the losing pitcher for the Warriors.

The tournament was named in honor of Spears, a 17th round draft choice by the New York Yankees in 1999. He is now confined to a wheelchair after a car accident five years ago.

Gore plays at Roland while Okay travels to Braggs and Webbers Falls visits Quinton on Monday. All of the games start at 4 p.m.

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