PRYOR — McAlester played like one of Oklahoma’s top high school baseball teams Friday when the Buffaloes routed Miami 13-0 in a pool game at the Pryor Invitational Tournament.
The Wardogs managed only two hits off McAlester’s Anthony Trevino.
Nick Henson singled and Nick Jones doubled in the fourth inning for Miami, but both were left stranded.
Trevino, a senior right-hander, struck out seven.
“He was throwing in the upper 80s,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “They came out ready to play and they played well. They had a lot of intensity and swung the bats really well.”
The Wardogs played Checotah Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the fifth-place game.
McAlester collected 13 hits off a trio of Miami pitchers, including ace Brett Abell.
“He didn’t have his good stuff,” Mercer said. “He didn’t pitch ahead in the count and they are really good offensively. The game before, they beat Skiatook 18-0. They are seeing the ball really well.”
Abell worked the first three innings, then was relieved by Jake Roberts. Jordan Simons pitched the fifth.
The Buffs, ranked third in 5A, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Abell.
They tacked on another three runs in the third, scored two in the fourth inning and capped things off with a five-run fifth.
“They are the best team we’ve seen,” Mercer said. “That is the best pitcher we’ve seen so far and the best hitters, 1 through 9 that we’ve faced.”
Tyler Crabtree headed up the McAlester attack with two doubles and a single. Trevino helped himself with a single and homer and Justin Klusek had a double and single.
Josh Yates chipped in with a pair of singles.