Tiger pitchers scuttle two top-ranked teams in tournament
OOLOGAH — Matt Yates shined at the plate and Cushing got complete-game pitching performances from two players Thursday in the first day of action in the 12th annual Oologah-Talala Invitational Baseball Tournament.
Cushing beat Cascia Hall 5-3 and host Oologah 5-2. The Tigers were the only team in their pool to go 2-0 and played Vinita and Mannford on Friday.
Only Claremore Sequoyah in the opposite pool also went 2-0 on Thursday.
The Tigers lived on solid pitching. Thad Sherwood pitched seven innings against Class 3A No. 7 Cascia Hall and allowed no earned runs. He walked one and struck out seven.
Wyatt Dilley went the distance against Class 4A’s fifth-ranked Oologah. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out 11 in improving to 4-0.
Cushing improved to 11-2 with the sweep. Oologah fell to 10-4, Cascia Hall to 6-6.
In other tournament games, Mannford beat Vinita 7-6, Cascia Hall beat Mannford 5-3 and Oologah blanked Vinita 8-0.
Offense was more in vogue in the opposite pool played at Berryhill. Sallisaw beat Salina 12-9. Salina topped Anadarko 10-9. Claremore Sequoyah out-hit Sallisaw 19-10. Berryhill beat Anadarko 10-1 and Sequoyah nudged Berryhill 5-2.
Cushing had only nine hits in two games. They came at key moments.
Yates doubled in a two run in the Tigers’ two-run first inning against Oologah. A three-run sixth broke a 2-2 tie.
Sherwood and Dilley scored two runs apiece.
Brian Carter had Cascia Hall’s only hit, a single, in the Commandos’ three-run first inning. All runs were unearned against Sherwood.
CHS scored two runs in the third inning and took the lead for good with two more in the fourth. Kyler Patterson, Shayne Kelly, Kody Folsom and Ryan Hood drove in runs.
Cushing 6, Cascia 3
Cascia 300 000 0 — 3 1 4
Cushing 002 210 x — 5 6 4
Carter, Abney (6) and Dinsmore; Sherwood and Kelly. W — Sherwood (2-1); L — Carter (2-2).
Cushing 5, Oologah 2
Oologah 000 200 0 — 2 2 3
Cushing 200 003 x — 5 3 2
BDeity, DeSpain (6) and Buchfink; Dilley and Kelly. W — Dilley (4-0); L — BDeity (1-2).