PRYOR - Miami suffered its third one-run loss of the season Wednesday when the Wardogs dropped a 3-2 decision to Skiatook in the first round of the Pryor Invitational Tournament.
"We're 8-4 and three of our losses have been by one run," said a dejected Miami coach Chris Mercer. "We've had some tight games."
The Dogs also dropped a 2-1 decision to Shawnee last Thursday and fell 1-0 to Coweta in the March 7 snowstorm.
"We've got to have some people step up when we're in tight situations," Mercer said.
Skiatook got all three of its runs in the first inning off Miami starter Grant Longcrier.
DH Keys drove in the first run with a base hit, then third baseman Steel singled home what would be the Bulldogs' final two runs.
Miami got both of its runs in the sixth inning.
Brett Abell led off with a single and scored on a double by Nick Henson. After Jordan Simons and Keaton Blevins struck out, Nick Jones drilled an RBI single.
The Wardogs had the tying run at second in the seventh when Josh White was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, then went to second on a passed ball.
However, James Pickens and Michael Anderson were punched out on called third strikes and Longcrier fanned to end the game.
"We didn't take a very good approach at the plate today and their pitcher threw well," Mercer said. "They are an average 5A team. They just made the plays and got a lot of hits they had 10 hits. Grant didn't have his off-speed (pitch) today."
Henson had a double and single while Anderson chipped in with two singles. Abell, Simons and Jones added a single each.
The Wardogs tackled Catoosa today at noon in their second pool game then face McAlester at 2:30 p.m. Friday.