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March 30, 2014

Roughers drop twin bill to Stillwater

Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the players on the mound.

The Muskogee Roughers could not figure out the pitching of Stillwater’s Carson Teel and fell to the Pioneers 8-2 in the first game of a doubleheader district matchup at Rougher Park on Saturday while dropping the nightcap to Stillwater 3-2.

Teel, an Oklahoma State University signee, went the distance for Stillwater (12-1, 4-0) giving up one run on three hits and retiring nine on strikeouts. Through the first three innings, Teel was nearly perfect, allowing only one base runner, a lead off walk to Bryson Bell in the very first at bat. That adventure on the base paths would be short lived, as Teel (2-0) picked off Bell at first base.

The fourth and fifth innings were the only times Muskogee (10-5, 2-2) got runners on base after that.

“Offensively we didn’t get much going there,” said Muskogee coach Jeremy Griffin. “We had a couple of opportunities to put down bunts and didn’t get executed. Playing from behind it makes it hard for us to play our game.”

Austin Jones singled in the fourth and Luke Smith and Andrew Horn had back-to-back singles in the fifth. Smith scored on an RBI groundout by Cody Floyd for the only Rougher run of the game.  

“Carson is an Oklahoma State signee and showed today why he is,” said Stillwater coach Jimmy Harris. “His last outing was a no-hitter and he picked up where he left off.”

Teel said the key to his performance was the hard stuff.

“My fast ball felt pretty good coming out today,” he said. “I normally don’t throw that hard but it seemed like it had a lot of life on it and I just used it to the best of my ability.”

On the flip side, Tony Horn started for the Roughers and went five innings and took the loss, watching his record fall to 0-2. Horn only gave up two runs through four innings but gave up three in the fifth. The first run surrendered was a monster shot over the left field fence by Jon Littell, another Oklahoma State University commit.

“Coach wanted me to go with a cutter in and it didn’t really cut and he (Littell) got all over it,” said Horn.   

The Pioneers added another run in the fourth inning on an RBI-double by Tyler Burnett, driving in Will Fowler, who had singled. Stillwater added three runs in the fifth on RBI hits by Teel, Littell and Fowler.

The Pioneers plated two runs in the sixth, thanks to two walks given up by reliever Jacob Stinson and a two-run double by T.J. Black. The final run was a solo home run off the bat of Brooks Zimmerman.  

For the Pioneers, Black and Littell were 2-for-4 with two RBIs each, while Teel was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Fowler was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Luke Smith led the way for the Roughers, going 1-for-3 with a run and Floyd picked up the lone RBI.

In the nightcap, Zimmerman had an RBI fielder’s choice and Black scored on a wild pitch in the first inning for the Pioneers, while Michael Higgins walked and moved to third on a single by Ryan Hoecker and scored on a passed ball in the second inning.

Muskogee’s runs were scored in the fifth inning on back-to-back singles by Dakota Morse and Smith, with Taylor Duncan picking up the RBIs on a single. The Roughers had one last chance in the seventh when Harris Jones led off with a double and Horn, pinch running for Jones, was moved to third on a bunt by Morse but was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on a fielder’s choice.

Morse took the loss for the Roughers while Sam Kraybill went the distance for Stillwater giving up four hits and recording eight strike outs.  Muskogee returns to action on Monday hosting Bartlesville while Stillwater plays on Thursday when it hosts Sand Springs.

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