PRYOR ó Doing their damage in three of the final four innings, the East rallied then held on to claim an 8-7 victory over the West in the Three Rivers Baseball Coaches Association all-star game here Wednesday night.

The West broke out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning against Miamiís Grant Longcrier then went flat.

The East picked up two runs in the top of the sixth and erupted for five runs in the seventh to take a 7-6 advantage.

The East scratched out what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the eighth.

Miamiís Josh White singled with one out. Wardog teammate Jordan Simons followed with an infield single. A walk to T.J. Griffith of Grove loaded the bases.

Following a strikeout by Yancey Lett of Fairland, Robbie Nunez drew a walk to push home White.

The West created the final margin in the bottom of the ninth. Travis Holehan of Oologah led off with a walk and stole second. Alex Coplon of Claremore grounded out to third, then Lance Andrews of Oologah picked up the RBI with a grounder to short.

Stephen Chuculate of Tahlequah, the eighth pitcher used by the East, closed out the win by getting Scotty Mattison of Vinita on a comebacker.

Miamiís Chris Mercer was coach of the East team along with Mike Moore of Jay.

White, Simons, Longcrier, Andrew Allen, Nick Jones and James Pickens represented the Wardogs while Lett, Stevie Nowlin and Cale Schumacher represented Fairland.

The East wound up with nine hits, including one each by Longcrier, Allen, Pickens, White, Simons and Nowlin.

Trevor January of Jay, Tyler Spychalski of Grove and Fort Gibsonís Brandon Jackson also had a single.

The West wound up with six hits. Ben Brasher of Adair had the only extra base hit, a double.

Scotty Mattison and Michael Morris of Vinita, Pryorís Rhett Eichelberger and Ben Jacks and Thagen Nash of Skiatook all had singles.

The West sent 11 batters to the plate during its first-inning rally. Morris drove in two runs with a single and Jacks and Brasher each had an RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Johnny Whisman of Pryor drove in a run with a fielderís choice and a run scored on an error.

The East broke through in the sixth. White and Chuculate drew back-to-back walks, then Allen singled to right, scoring White.

After Pickens grounded out, moving the runners into scoring position, Jordan Peacock of Fort Gibson grounded out, allowing Chuculate to score.

The East batted around during its seventh-inning explosion which was aided by four hits and three wild pitches.

Jayís Travis Corporon got things started with a line drive single up the middle. Spychalski had a single and Nowlin followed with an RBI hit. Both Spychalski and Nowlin eventually scored on wild pitches, narrowing the West lead to 6-5.

Longcrier walked and moved up on the two wild pitches. After Allen walked, Longcrier scored the tying run on Pickensí single. Another wild pitch sent Allen home with the go-ahead run.

January was credited with the victory after taking over in the bottom of the seventh. Marcus Haggard of Claremore was the loser.

Jim Ellis, 542-5533, ext. 3052

jim.ellis@miaminewsrecord.com