Everything came together for Miami at a good time.
The Wardogs combined a stellar pitching performance by Matt Walker with some offensive fireworks to generate a 17-1 victory over defending 4A state champ Locust Grove Monday afternoon at Joe Pollock Field.
"For the most part, we had a good approach at the plate and Matt threw really well," Miami coach Chris Mercer said. "That was a good sign for us, to get him back throwing."
Walker, who struck out 12 over five innings in the Verdigris Valley Conference outing, had been nursing an arm injury.
He walked none. The Pirates only other runners came on two MHS errors.
Graduation took a heavy toll on the Pirates, the biggest being the loss of fireballer Adrian Houser - now toiling in the Houston Astros minor league system.
"They don't have Houser and they graduated quite a few kids, but it was a good win for us," Mercer said. "We weren't happy with the loss to Mannford Saturday (a 10-5 loss in a game that saw the Dogs falter down the stretch)."
The 17 runs are the most for Miami since exploding for 22 in a 22-0 blowout of Nowata on April 11, 2009.
Miami jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, then sent 16 batters to the plate in the second when they scored 11 times.
A three-run homer by third baseman Richard Bearskin was the key blow, but Walker and Spencer Neal added two-run doubles.
Neal also had singled home a run earlier in the inning.
The Wardogs (2-2 and 2-0 in the VV) picked up two more runs in the third on a single by Tyler Perry and a sacrifice fly by Walker.
After Locust Grove scratched out its only run in the top of the fourth, MHS countered with its 17th tally in the home half of the inning.
Bearskin headed up the 13-hit Wardog attack with his homer and a single.
Kyle Jolley doubled twice while Walker and Neal added a double and single each.
Perry chipped in with two singles.
Leadoff hitter Ty Mercer went hitless, but he reached safely four straight times when he was hit by a pitch in the first, reached on an error and was hit by another pitch in the second and walked in the third.
Miami travels to Muskogee to face Hilldale on Friday.