By Kenton Brooks
Phoenix Sports Writer
TULSA – Whether it was the lingering effects of the loss earlier in the day or not, Muskogee High School’s baseball season came to an end Friday.
Sapulpa got three RBIs from winning pitcher Chad Hall en route to the 7-3 victory against the Roughers in the Class 6A regional elimination game at Tulsa Union’s diamond. Muskogee ends coach Jeremy Griffin’s first season at 14-21.
Muskogee fell 9-8 to the host Redskins in a game suspended from Thursday because of rain. It led 6-3 in the second inning when the game was halted.
The Roughers made a last ditch effort to come back in the seventh inning of the game with Sapulpa. Garrett Brown singled in Dakota Morse to cut the deficit to 7-3, but Tyler Bowden hit a fly out to center field to end the contest.
“We didn’t produce enough, like we were capable of doing,” Brown said. “We just weren’t on today like we should’ve been.”
The pain of the loss and the season being over was evident on Griffin’s face.
“I really don’t have anything to say about the game (with Sapulpa). I’m just proud of the guys,” he said. “I had a tremendous group of kids. We just got beat. Our guys had fought hard all season.”
Hall singled in one run in the first for Sapulpa and added a two-run double in the fifth. The Chieftains (19-12) got their other runs from Austin Feathers on the front end of a double steal in the first, an RBI double from Jon Kamies a single by Jake Golden in the fifth and a run-scoring single by J.T. Rains in the seventh.
Muskogee got on the board when Tony Horn singled in Ethan Barton in the second inning to cut the deficit to 2-1. Trey Gatzman then tried to score on Horn’s single up the middle, but was thrown out at the plate on a relay throw from Kamies to catcher Jake Golden.
The Roughers tied the game at 2-2 in the third when Brown raced home from third base on a throwing error. MHS tried to push across another run in the inning but Tyler Bowden was thrown out at the plate that allowed Harris Jones to get to first on a fielder’s choice.
Sapulpa plays Union in the elimination game at 1 p.m. today. Union lost 8-2 to Broken Arrow earlier Friday.
Against Union, a throwing error by left fielder Horn allowed courtesy runner William Nowlin to score from third base for Union’s decisive run against the Roughers. Garrett Odom doubled to lead off the inning and Nowlin came in as a courtesy runner. Ross Nowlin flied out to Horn and Horn’s throw to third base sailed over Morse covering.
The Roughers tied the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the fifth when Cody Floyd singled home Morse. A half-inning before, they had a 7-5 lead before the Redskins erupted for three runs, the big blow being Jon Pendergraft’s two-run home run.
“We came out (against Union) and were lethargic,” Griffin said. “I think of the nine runs they scored, we gave them five. You can’t give a good team five runs.”