OOLOGAH — Miami split its games Thursday in its Class 4A baseball regional tournament.
The Wardogs hit three home runs during an 8-4 win over Vinita in the opener, but suffered an 11-0 loss to Mannford in the winners’ bracket final.
Miami faces either Vinita or Oologah today at 4 p.m. in the losers’ bracket final. Those two were playing late Thursday in an elimination game.
The survivor tackles Mannford in the 6 p.m. championship game.
A second game to decide who moves on would be Saturday at 1 p.m.
“We’ve got all our pitching — nobody threw more than five,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “I got Andrew (Allen) out in the fifth in the first game.
The Wardogs had only one hit in the loss to Mannford — a third-inning single by James Pickens.
Mannford scratched out single runs in the first and second innings off Wardog starter Grant Longcrier.
The Pirates broke the game open with a six-run rally in the third, taking advantage of three Miami errors.
“Grant was throwing well, but we made a couple errors on the infield — something we haven’t done in a while,” Mercer said. “That set the tone. We could have got out of the inning only 2-0 but it ended up 8-0.”
Mannford picked up another three runs in the fifth.
In addition to Pickens’ single, the Dogs had six other baserunners, but had a runner reach second only once.
“Mannford is good — they returned a lot of kids that were in the state tournament last year,” Mercer said.
Miami 8, Vinita 4
The Wardogs spotted Vinita a 2-0 lead in the first three innings before coming to life.
Jordan Simons ripped a three-run homer that gave Miami a 3-2 lead.
Josh White and Longcrier singled before Simons jumped on the first pitch.
White added a two-run blast in the fifth, then Pickens had a two-run homer in the sixth.
“We started out slow,” Mercer said. “We couldn’t stay off the high pitch. We didn’t have very good pitch selection, then ended up hitting the three home runs.”
Vinita, which lost two of the previous three meetings with the Wardogs, got a final two runs in the seventh.
Andrew Allen worked the first five innings and Spencer Neal finished up.
The Hornets had only three hits, all off Allen. The Hornets two runs in the seventh against Neal were unearned.
White had a single and homer to lead the Miami offense.
In addition to the home runs by Pickens and White, the Dogs collected singles from Longcrier, Nick Jones, Allen and Brock Fletcher.