MIAMI — The young Miami Wardogs may have come of age Thursday.
After spotting Catoosa a run in the top of the first, Miami came back with two runs of its own in its first at-bat then scored another six times to collect an 8-5 victory Thursday evening at Joe Pollock Field/Miami Stadium.
“We played pretty well,” Miami coach Jeremy Strack said. “As young as we are, I expected some sloppy moments, but we pitched well and played defense.
“Those are two main focuses we have had, and the kids handled the pressure of game day very well. They played hard and competed in every at-bat.”
Leadoff hitter Brevin Randall had a double and single with an RBI. Two-hole Conner Womack added two singles and drove in a run.
Eli Coyne and Drew Williams each had a triple while Isaac Keller, Brant Morris and Hunter Hartman added singles.
Keller, Keshon Witham and Coyne were the only seniors in the Dogs’ batting order.
Randle, Womack, Hunter Hartman are sophomores and Williams and Morris are freshmen.
The Wardogs put together four two-run rallies in the game, with several coming at key times.
Catoosa scored three runs in the top of the third to go up 4-2, but MHS scored twice to tie the game in its half of the third.
Then after the Indians got their fifth run in the top of the third, Miami took the lead for good with another two-run burst.
The Dogs pushed across a final two runs in the fifth.
“I thought we could have been better offensively with runners in scoring position,” Strack said.
Catoosa collected six hits off three Miami pitchers: Hartman, Witham and Morris. Witham picked up the victory.
The Wardogs play in the Claremore Festival Saturday then begins District 4A-5 play Monday at home with Wagoner.