WARNER -- Fort Gibson’s Caden Abbott sparked a sixth-inning rally with a go-ahead RBI single as the Three Rivers Bandits defeated the OBA Elite 9-3 on Sunday for second place at the Second Annual Rusty Fulps Memorial Classic at Biff Thompson Field.
It was tied at 3-3 in the sixth when Abbott slapped a single past the second baseman which happened to wake up the rest of the team.
“That single got the dugout fired up,” said Abbott. “Then we came out after that and turned something on and scored six runs in one inning, so I think I fired something up in them and got them going.”
After that single, three doubles were hit to left,a pair of two-run doubles by Coweta's Braden Calico and Warner's Carson Foreman, then the third off the bat of Checotah's Seth Knight.
The OBA Elite drew first blood in the first inning as they plated three runs off two singles to make it a 3-0 game.
It took a few innings for the Bandits to warm up but in the fourth they tied it on a sacrifice fly by Knight, a run scoring triple by Cushing’s Matt Yates and a run scored by Yates on a wild pitch.
Three Rivers coach Mike Whitten said that it's not how you start but how you finish.
“The guys told me that that is just our MO, that’s what we do, we start slow, and we do," he said. "And I knew that as soon as (OBA) brought that right-hander throwing 91 in there, it was fixing to change, and it did because we hit guys who throw hard.”
Wister’s Bryar Ward got the win for the Bandits (24-9) as he tossed four innings allowing three runs, three hits with six strikeouts.
NOAH’s Boon Lasater came on in the fifth and threw three innings allowing four hits with three strikeouts.
Alex Walton took the loss for OBA throwing four innings and allowing three runs, three hits with seven strikeouts.
Bryce Osmond came on in the fifth and was relieved in the sixth by Steve Quinones to finish out the game. Osmond gave up the rally in the sixth before being relieved.
Three Rivers will host a home doubleheader on Wednesday at Checotah High School against Bartlesville with a 6 p.m. first pitch.