PRYOR — Spencer Neal worked through a rough first inning but was stellar the rest of the way as Miami rolled to a 6-1 upset against Class 3A No. 6 Tulsa Metro Christian Friday in the Tiger/Zebra Classic here.
The Wardogs dropped a 12-4 decision to 5A No. 1 Claremore, which had dropped a 7-4 decision to Metro on Thursday.
McAlester, ranked seventh in Class 5A, had upended MHS 5-1 on Thursday in the first pool game.
Miami faced Pryor in Saturday’s fifth place game.
“Spencer really threw well,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “He kept them off-balance the whole game.
Neal threw only 72 pitches in the seven-inning contest with Metro. He struck out five and walked none while allowing only two hits.
The Wardogs erupted for three unearned runs in the first inning against Metro.
Tyler Perry led off with a walk and reached third on a botched pickoff attempt. He then scored on a single by Walker.
Spencer Neal followed with a two-run single.
Miami got another three runs in the fourth on a single by Perry, a sacrifice fly by Walker and an error.
Richard Bearskin, Perry, Walker and Neal all had singles for the Wardogs.
Metro’s only hits were a two-out double in the sixth inning by Austin Judd and a leadoff double in the seventh by Mason Mantle - third cousin of Mickey Mantle, “The Commerce Comet.”
Claremore 12, Miami 4
The Wardogs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Claremore came back to score in all but one frame.
The hosts scored twice in their first at-bat, got one run in the second, three in the third, four in the fifth and added a final two in the sixth that kicked in the run rule.
Miami got single runs in the first, third, fourth and sixth.
Walker had a pair of singles
Kyle Jolley had a RBI triple in the sixth and A.J. Gambill drove in a run with a double.
Cole Young and Neal each had a single.
Allen worked the first two innings for the Dogs, then Young pitched 2 2/3 innings and Sam Neal finished up.
Six of Claremore's 11 hits were doubles.
McAlester 5, Miami 1
Miami averted a shutout in the fourth inning on a double by Richard Bearskin and a two-out single by Gambill.
McAlester scored three times in the third inning then added another two runs in the sixth.
In addition to the hits by Bearskin and Gambill, Miami got a double from Jolley and a single from Walker, who suffered the loss.