OKMULGEE —Whether at the plate or on the mound, Craig George was aware of Hilldale’s six-game losing streak going into Thursday’s game against Okmulgee.
The senior wanted to make sure it came to an end.
With his lead off triple to start a three-run inning and then striking out a batter with the bases loaded to end the game, George and the Hornets downed the Bulldogs 9-6 at Bateman Park.
“We haven’t put together a complete game this year. We’ve had one good inning and then a bad inning,” George said. “So, this feels good.”
George had a lot to feel good about.
With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, George tripled. Hunter Johnson came in to run for him. Three straight hits by John Frisby, Devan Rowan and Shawn Bass then powered the Hornets to the three runs. Frisby’s single scored Johnson and Rowan doubled and Bass singled.
Now with a 9-6 lead, the 6-foot-3 George went to the mound for the bottom of the seventh.
After the Bulldogs’ Skylar Wapato was hit by a pitch, Austin Brewer singled and Clinton Kilgore to load the bases with two outs. George responded by striking out leadoff hitter Brian Dossey to end the game.
“I was throwing my fastball and curveball,” George said after finishing with seven strikeouts in relief of starting pitcher John Frisby. “I threw the curveball to get outs and the fastball high for strikes.”
The only person more relieved than George that Hilldale’s losing streak is over is coach Darren Riddle. The Hornets are 5-8.
“It’s great to win,” Riddle said. “We did some things well. Craig came in and did a good job of pitching. We also had some good defense.”
Two of the better defensive plays were turned in by left fielder Michael Chang, who robbed Okmulgee (3-9) of two hits by sliding and making a catch on his knee in the third and sixth innings.
Dossey, the Bulldogs’ starting pitcher, had seven strikeouts before being relieved in the sixth by eventual loser Dylan Beam.
Okmulgee tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth inning when Dallas McCall singled home Phillip Diggs, who had reached on an error and stole second base before scoring.
Hilldale returns to action at 4 p.m. today at home against Red Oak.