JAY - A 7-4 win over Jay Friday night sent Miami Post 147 into the finals of the Three Rivers Conference baseball tournament.
The Spoonies (15-2) had opened with a 20-1 blowout of Claremore on Thursday.
Post 147 faced either Pryor or Bartlesville in Saturday's 4 p.m. championship game.
“We hadn't played in a week and a half,” Miami coach Chad Ross said. “It's hard to stay consistent but this is a good group. They've bounced back.”
Miami 7, Jay 4
Winning pitcher Brett Abell struggled in the first two innings, needing 52 pitches while yielding four runs and four hits.
But he needed just 62 pitches over the next five frames while scattering two hits and fanning seven.
After spotting Jay a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Post 147 countered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame.
Bases-loaded walks to Grant Longcrier and Jared White forced in runs to tie the game, then Nick Jones singled in the third run.
Jay took the lead for the final time in the second frame, when it scored its final two tallies on a single, double and single.
Wild pitches allowed Jon Brice and Joe Pilkinton to score the tying and go-ahead runs for the Spoonies in the home half of the second.
Miami scratched out a run in the fifth when Andrew Allen walked, James Pickens was hit by a pitch and Pilkinton walked with two out and the bases loaded.
Then in the seventh, Post 147 got an unearned run when Casey Robertson singled, went to second on a wild pitch, scooted to third on a passed ball and scored when Allen reached on an error.
Jones, Brice, Longcrier, White and Robertson had singles for Post 147.
Miami 20, Claremore 1
A 20-hit attack fueled the blowout against Claremore.
Post 147 sent 12 batters to the plate in the first, when it broke out to a 7-0 advantage. Two-run singles by Keith Freeman and White were the key blows.
Miami exploded for another nine runs in the second, this time with 14 batters going to the plate. The Spoonies took advantage of three errors, three walks and a hit batter
White accounted for four RBIs in the rally, getting a pair of two-run doubles. He also had a two-run single in the first.
The offensive onslaught continued in the third when Miami got two runs. Freeman and winning pitcher Nick Henson each delivered RBIs with a single and double, respectively.
Miami's final three runs came in the fourth when Pickens and Abell had a double each.
White and Abell had three hits each for Post 147. Abell collected two doubles and a single.
Freeman chipped in with a pair of singles.
Post 147 hosts Grove and Vinita in the district tournament beginning Friday at Joe Pollock Field. The schedule will be finalized this week, Ross said.