OWASSO — Five errors led to Miami’s downfall during Friday’s Class 4A regional elimination game with Oologah.
The Wardogs got solid pitching from Andrew Allen and scored plenty of runs, but were unable to overcome mistakes in a 7-5 loss.
“We pitched well enough to win … we made too many mistakes,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “You can’t beat good teams and make mistakes. It was mental and physical errors. We didn’t do things right today.
“In the regionals, you have to do things right to go to the state tournament.”
Mannford, which had bumped the Wardogs into the losers’ bracket Thursday night, advanced to the state tournament with a 6-0 win against Oologah in Friday’s second game.
“We have been on both sides of that,” Mercer said. “We have done things right and have gone to the state tournament and have done things wrong and have not gotten to go. Little things is what it comes down to.”
The tournament was moved to Owasso High School’s Stigall Field here Friday morning following heavy rains. The facility features an artificial turf infield and a grass outfield.
All seven of the Mustangs’ runs were unearned.
The fifth inning was the backbreaker for Miami, which had trailed only 3-2 up to that point.
Pitcher Andrew Allen got a strikeout to start the inning, but yielded back-to-back singles to Casey Howsden and Landon Andrews.
Josh Collier reached safely when ball four got away from catcher Nick Jones. Howsden scored on the passed ball, but Andrews sprinted home and Jones circled the bases when Jones flipped the ball to Allen. It got away and rolled to the backstop.
“It’s just one of those things that happens in baseball,” Mercer said.
The Wardogs got all three of the runs back in its half of the fifth.
James Pickens led off with a single and stole second. Grant Longcrier was hit by a pitch, then Jordan Simons delivered an RBI double to right.
An infield single by Jones drove in Longcrier and Simons scored when Jordan Hessee hit into a fielder’s choice that erased courtesy runner Kyle Jolley. Allen then popped up to end the inning.
Oologah created the final margin with a run in the sixth, but the Wardogs left the tying run stranded at second in the bottom half of the inning.
Pickens walked and White doubled with two out. Oologah reliever Riley Allen snuffed the rally when he struck out Longcrier.
Riley Allen retired the Wardogs in order in the seventh.
“We did a good job but ran ourselves out of a couple of innings,” Mercer said. The Wardogs had Andrew Allen cut down at home in the bottom of the second and had two other runners thrown out at second.
“We would come back and make a few mental mistakes as far as letting them have a couple baserunners they shouldn’t have had or take extra bases,” Mercer said. “You can go on and on about all the little things we could have taken care of.”
The Wardogs managed only one hit through the first four innings, a single up the middle by Hessee.
They had four hits the rest of the way — singles by Pickens and Jones and doubles by Simons and White.
Jim Ellis, 542-5533, ext. 3052