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April 14, 2012

Roughers’ rally answered by Ponca City

— It came down to the final at-bat again for Muskogee, but with different results.

Having scored on a dropped force out at home to survive against Collinsville on Tuesday, the Roughers squandered a sixth-inning rally with breakdowns on both sides of the foul lines in a 7-5 loss to Ponca City on Friday at Roughers Park.

Muskogee (8-13) rallied from a two-run deficit with three runs in the sixth only to cough that lead up in the top of the seventh and come up empty handed despite two hits and a walk in their half of the inning.

In the sixth, Tyler Bowden’s two-run single plated Ethan Barton and Chris Sommers, who had reached on singles to start the rally. Harris Jones got a base hit and Garrett Brown plated the go-ahead run with a single.

Harris Jones came on to try and earn the save in the seventh and walked the first two he faced. A mishandled bunt loaded the bases, but a fielder’s choice out at the plate got the first out. Then, a sinking liner to right field was initially snagged by Barton, but he was unable to hang on and the drop, an error, pushed home the run from third. An RBI single and fielder’s choice single scored gave PCHS (9-15) a two-run cushion.

MHS tried to rally again. Trey Gatzman opened the seventh with a walk but on Sommers’ single to center, was thrown out at second.

“Disappointed  it happened,” MHS coach Doug Gunselman said. You don’t when you’re down want to run yourself into an out. We were aggressive but maybe too aggressive.”

Ethan Barton singled Sommers up 90 feet and after Dakota Morse struck out, Mitch Sweeney pinch-hit and popped out to first to end the game.

PCHS swept the season series 2-0, winning by that exact count in the East-West Showdown in Shawnee last week.

Muskogee plays host to Rogers, Ark., today at noon, weather permitting.

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