Chris Mercer must have made a point sometime between Friday's 1-0 loss to Coweta and Monday's double-header sweep of Locust Grove.
The Wardogs, who stranded 15 runners in a 1-0 loss to CHS, scored 13 runs in the opener to set the tone for a 13-3 and 5-3 sweep of Monday's Verdigris Valley Conference twinbill at Joe Pollock Field.
“We did a much better job today getting the runs in,” Mercer said. “Our situational hitting was a lot better.”
Miami (3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Valley) will split the team up for games today.
While the JV squad travels to Quapaw for a pair of games, the varsity entertains Pryor in a 5 p.m. conference battle. Senior left-hander Brett Abell is scheduled to get the start.
Pitching was the name of the game Monday as Grant Longcrier and Jake Roberts combined to stop the Pirates in the opener, then Nick Jones and Aaron Simons throttled the visitors in the nightcap.
“We threw a bunch guys today who haven't thrown,” Mercer said. “We got a lot of work on the mound today. That's one area we've got to get better. But I'm more patience now than I will at the end of April - it's only game 3 and 4. We got better today. We played good defense today.”
The Wardogs fell behind 2-0 in both games, but mounted rallies each time.
The opener got off to a rocky start as Locust Grove scored twice off Longcrier then the Dogs had the first four runners reach base - but came up empty.
They finally broke through in the second with three runs thanks to an RBI double by Jones, a bases-loaded walk to Longcrier and a sacrifice fly by Abell.
Miami came back with two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and three each in the fifth and sixth innings.
A one-out base hit by Roberts in the sixth drove in the Dogs' 13th tally and kicked in the run rule.
Nick Henson had three singles and one RBI while reaching base five straight times.
Anderson also reached base in each of his five appearances, starting the game with a single, walking, getting hit by a pitch, reaching on an error and walking again.
Jones had a double and single while and Abell doubled. Jordan Simons, Roberts, Aaron Simons, and James Pickens chipped in with a single each.
After jumping out to the 2-0 lead in the first, Locust Grove's only other run came in the third inning.
Longcrier worked 4 2/3 innings, scattering six hits. Roberts had a hitless 1 1/3 innings, working around two walks and an error in the sixth.
In the nightcap, Locust Grove grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Jones doubled home MHS' first run in the bottom of the second, then the Dogs went up 3-2 in the third.
They picked up a run in the fourth, but the Pirates narrowed the gap to 4-3 in the fifth.
Miami got an insurance run in the sixth when Jordan Simons singled and scored on a base hit by Josh White.
Abell and Jordan Simons had two singles each for the Wardogs. Jones and White had the other hits.
Aaron Simon picked up the victory with four innings of work. He relieved Jones in the fourth.