MIAMI — Miami broke through the win column Thursday, March 15, with a 2-1 win over Vinita.
The Hornets gained a split in the home-and-home series with a 7-4 decision Friday, March 16.
Miami 2, Vinita 1
The Wardogs got what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning.
Yoshihiro Shinzato led off with a walk and was advanced to second with a sacrifice by Nate Ward.
Conner Womack was intentionally walked, and then Drew Williams delivered a clutch RBI single.
The run loomed large as Vinita scratched out a run with two out in the top of the seventh.
Nate Zickenfoose singled and Parker Ward reached on an error.
Colby Vancil singled to right, scoring the Hornets’ first run.
Miami reliever Brant Morris got Keegan Langley on a comebacker to close out the inning.
“I loved the way we competed,” Miami coach Jeremy Strack said. “It was very nice (to get that first win). The guys needed it.
“Hopefully we can relax a little bit more.”
Morris worked an inning of relief for starter Hunter Hartman, who scattered four hits, walked two and struck out three.
The Dogs’ first run came in the opening frame on a two-out triple by Williams.
Williams delivered a triple and two singles and Shinzato had two singles for Miami.
Womack doubled and Brad Hartman and Gabe McCleary each had a single.
Vancil accounted for two of Vinita’s six hits in the game.
Parker Ward went the distance for the Hornets, striking out 11 while walking four.
Vinita 7, Miami 4
Four runs in the fifth and sixth innings rallied the Hornets.
Miami jumped out to 3-0 lead in the top of the first and after the Hornets tied the game in the second, MHS went back on top with a run in the third. 33
That would be the only other run the Dogs would get off three Vinita pitchers.
Miami had eight hits in the game.
Brad Hartman collected a pair of singles for the Wardogs.
Womack delivered a two-run homer to left in the first inning.
Williams and Hunter Hartman each had a double and Ward, Morris and McCleary all had singles.
Five players had two hits each for the Hornets, including Ward who had a homer and single.
Womack, Williams and Morris handled pitching duties for the Wardogs.