Miami coach Chris Mercer liked what he saw in the Wardogs' 7-2 Verdigris Valley Conference baseball victory over Jay Thursday at Joe Pollock Field.
"I thought we competed hard," he said. "Jay is supposed to be one of the teams to beat this year in 4A. They've had some success the last couple of years. They have some good athletes and have a couple move-ins."
The Wardogs broke out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by A.J. Gambill then made it 3-0 in the second on a two-run triple by Ty Mercer.
It was 4-0 before Jay got a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning.
What pleased Mercer was the face that his Dogs came back with a run in the fifth and a final two tallies in the fifth.
"We had two errors that were costly, but we came back and made some plays," Chris Mercer said. "We responded well where the last couple of years, that would have buried us and the score would have flip flopped."
Neal struck out seven, walked none, hit two batters and scattered four hits.
"Spencer threw extremely well," Chris Mercer said. "He had good command of his breaking ball and the change-up was working. He pitched them inside, then came back with his off-speed."
Ty Mercer had a triple, double and single while Gambill and Cole Young had two singles each.
Miami travels to Claremore Saturday, facing Mannford at 2:30 p.m. and the Zebras at 5 p.m.