QUAPAW - Goal No. 1 is out of the way for the Wyandotte Bears. Now they can set their sights on more.
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead, fell behind 5-3 then came roaring back to claim a 13-5 victory over Fairland in the championship game of the Lucky 7 Conference Tournament here Friday night.
“That’s one goal out of the way … we’ve set a lot of them for this year,” Wyandotte coach Kyle Baldridge said. “Now we’ve got to build off this.”
The Bears (11-0) got 10 of their 13 runs in the final three innings of a game that was shortened to five by the run rule.
They sent 11 batters to the plate while generating six runs in the bottom of the fifth. The damage came with two out.
Jacob Lux doubled home two runs and Tate Smith had a two-run single for the Bears. Orrin Ryan added an RBI single and another run scored on an error.
Wyandotte’s final two runs came on a bases-loaded walk to Scotty Rotzal and an error on a ball hit by Andrew Douthit.
“This is a tribute to the kids,” Baldridge said. “They jumped on us early, but we came out fighting. That is the thing I like about these kids. There is a lot of fight in them.“
The Bears staked starting pitcher Ty Essex to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Rotzal and a grounder by Douthit.
Fairland got an unearned run in the top of the second, then tied the game with two more unearned runs in the third inning.
WHS took the lead for good in the fourth on a single by Ryan and a double by Rotzal.
“We played pretty well, but just ran out of gas there in the fifth,” Fairland coach Chad Ross said. “K.C. (starting pitcher K.C. Jones) made some big pitches when he had to, like a bases-loaded comebacker double play (in the third) and the bases loaded 'K' against Cummings (with the bases loaded in the fourth). But he also walked five and hit five.
“That gave them way too many baserunners. You've gotta throw more strikes against a good team like Wyandotte.”
Rotzal had a pair of doubles to head up the eight-hit Wyandotte attack. Ryan added a pair of singles.
Lux doubled while Smith, Essex and Colton McCloud each had a single.
Jared Johnson, Kolton Selsor, Caleb Reynolds and Dillon Seamon each had a single for the Owls.
Rotzal picked up the win for the Bears with an inning of relief. Essex worked the first four innings, allowing all five runs.
Lux struck out two of the three batters he faced in the top of the sixth.