LOCUST GROVE — Containing their good late-season play, the Miami Wardogs rolled to a 12-1 victory over Locust Grove here Tuesday, April 17.
The win, combined with a 6-5 victory over the Pirates Monday, April 16, at Joe Pollock Field, nailed down fifth place in District 4A-5 for MHS.
They finished 7-7 in district and are now 10-15 overall.
“There’s still some baseball to be played on the other side, but it looks like we match up against (Tulsa) Metro Christian (from 4A-6),” Miami coach Jeremy Strack said.
The Patriots still have district games with Tulsa Victory Christian on Friday, April 20 and Cushing on Monday, April 23 remaining on their schedule.
Miami just has two non-district games left in its regular season: Webb City on Thursday, April 19, and at Berryhill on Saturday, April 21.
Miami has won five of its last six games, all coming in District 4A-5 play.
The only loss in that stretch was by three runs to 2A No. 4 Ketchum in non-district play.
The Wardogs were supposed to face Locust Grove in the third-place game at the Mickey Mantle Classic only to have weather wipe out the final day of play.
In Tuesday’s game, they jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning then put together a pair of five-run rallies in the fourth and fifth.
“We finally got up and then put them away,” Strack said. “I’ve been waiting for that type of mentality. We were never satisfied.”
Miami’s fourth-inning burst included an RBI single by Caden Folks, a sacrifice fly by Conner Womack that allowed two runs to score, an RBI double by Drew Williams and a run-scoring single by Brad Hartman.
Then in the fifth, Folks, Womack, Grant Nolte and Hartman delivered RBI singles.
The Dogs also got a run when Womack scored on a passed ball.
The Pirates, who managed only four hits off Brant Morris, got their only run in the third.
The Wardogs collected three hits and there were four players with a multi-hit game: Hartman collected three singles and Yoshihiro Shinzato, Nolte and Folks all contributed two singles.
Williams and Morris each had a double and Womack singled.
Hunter Morehead tripled Garrett Jenkins doubled and Billy Knott and Max Dawson each had a single for the Pirates.
Miami 6, Locust Grove 5
A clutch double play in the sixth inning helped Miami nail down Monday’s win.
The Pirates had scored three times and had the go-ahead run at third in the top of the sixth.
A suicide squeeze by Knott was squibbed right to Miami reliever Womack to get the first out.
He then threw to first baseman Hunter Hartman, doubling up Kai Parker.
Locust Grove kept the pressure up in the seventh, getting runners to second and third with two out.
However, Morris faced only one batter and slammed the door shut with a strikeout.
The Wardogs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Hunter Hartman, an RBI single by Gabe McCleary and two errors.
Locust Grove scored twice in the second and the Wardogs got what turned out to be the deciding run in the bottom of the third on an error.
Williams, Brad Hartman, Hunter Hartman and McCleary had Miami’s only hits.
Cody Hix and Henry Sartin had two hits each for the Pirates.