JAY — Six errors were too much for Miami to overcome as the Wardogs suffered a 7-2 loss to Jay in a Verdigris Valley Conference baseball game here Monday.
“We had some tough plays and didn’t make them,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “We’re just not playing good defense. We’re putting ourselves in a hole and have to come back. It’s too little, too late.”
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Wardogs (5-4), who now are 2-2 in VV play.
Miami begins play in the Pryor Tournament Thursday, facing Catoosa at 2:30 p.m. and Edmond Deer Creek at 7:30 p.m. The Dogs’ other pool game will be Friday at 5 p.m.
Jay jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, picked up two more unearned runs in the third and generated single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
The runs in the fifth and sixth came on leadoff home runs by Cayle Shambaugh and Mitch Goins, respectively.
“This is their year,” Mercer said. “This is the best team they’ve had since I have been here. Still, if we make some plays, we’re right there in the game.”
Miami got both of its runs in the sixth inning.
James Pickens led off with a single and scored on a double by Grant Longcrier.
Longcrier then scored on a groundout by Nick Jones. Jordan Simons walked, but winning pitcher Kyle Shambaugh struck out Jordan Hessee and got Andrew Allen to pop up to short to end the inning.
Shambaugh limited the Wardogs to four hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Two of those came in the seventh inning on consecutive two-out walks to Matt Walker and Pickens. However, Longcrier popped up to third baseman Trevor January to end the game.
Walker had a two-out single in the third inning and Jordan Simons had a two-out base his in the fourth, but both were left stranded.
Cayle Shambaugh had a single to go with his home run for Jay.