Baseball Tigers tumble at Oologah
Mama told me “there’d be days like this.”
“There’d be days like this,” my mama said.
Such was life on the weekend for the Cushing High School baseball team.
Cushing, soaring along at the No. 6 ranking in Class 4A and victors over two ranked opponents on Thursday, got their comeuppance Friday and Saturday in the 12th annual Oologah-Talala Invitational Baseball Tournament.
Cushing, after starting the tournament with victories over host Oologah and Cascia Hall, lost three consecutive games. Two on Friday, one more on Saturday.
Cushing’s sterling pitching gave up runs in bunches in the three losses: 10-6 to Vinita and 15-2 to Mannford on Friday and 11-1 to Sallisaw on Saturday.
Cushing pitchers struggled to find the groove. The Tigers walked 12 in four innings against Mannford, gave up six earned runs against Vinita. They hit two batters and threw two wild pitches against Sallisaw. Starter Ryan Hood walked five in four innings.
Crooked numbers for Tiger opponents were the norm.
Vinita scored four runs in the first inning and three more in the third. Mannford led Cushing 9-1 and two innings and hung up a sixspot in the fourth. Sallisaw won based on a six-run fourth and a four-run fifth.
Cushing fell to 11-5 with the three losses. The Tigers play Tuesday at Blackwell in a non-conference game and host Tecumseh and Perkins-Tryon on Thursday and Friday.
Shaky pitching marred a pair of solid performances by Cushing hitters.
Thad Sherwood had three hits and drove in three runs in the loss to Vinita. Matt Yates had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs against Mannford.
Yates also drove in a pair of runs against VHS.
Cushing against Vinita scored three runs in the top of the third inning and closed the gap to 4-3. But a three-run answer by Vinita all but buried the Tigers.
Mannford got two hits, two runs and four RBI from Gavin Greene, who also walked twice.