Tigers bash Maroons twice; claim district
The first step has been taken. Cushing baseball now seems ready to run.
Cushing on Thursday beat Blackwell 15-2 and 11-1 and won the Class 4A District 9 championship. The victories spurred CHS into next week’s double-elimination regional tournament, to be played at a site yet unannounced.
Tenth-ranked Cushing improved to 21-12 by winning for the seventh time in its last 10 games.
Cushing was one of multiple teams to win district championships on Thurdsay. Other schools advancing to regional tournaments were Berryhill, Bethel, Catoosa, Lone Grove, Mannford, Harrah, Heritage Hall, Blanchard, Oologah, Chickasha, Broken Bow, Bethany, Sallisaw, Elgin, Weatherford, Cache, Clinton, Fort Gibson, Sulphur, Kingfisher, Poteau, Hilldale and Vinita.
Top-ranked Tuttle and No. 3 Byng drew district byes.
Cushing won the district title via two run-rule-shortened games. Wyatt Dilley and Kyler Patterson threw complete games for the Tigers. They combined for 26 strikeouts.
Patterson struck out 12 and walked four in five innings of work. He helped himself with two hits and a run driven in.
Kody Folsom had three hits, four runs scored on four RBI. Thad Sherwood aided CHS by going 2-for-2 with three RBI. Shayne Kelley scored three runs after drawing three walks.
herwood was 2-for-
Cushing batters drew 19 walks in the doubleheader.
Dilley allowed one unearned run in the six-inning second game, when he struck out 14 and walked two. Cushing’s offense supported by drawing eight walks. Kelly led the way for CHS with two hits, three runs scored and three RBI. One of his hits was a two-run triple in the sixth inning.
Cushing broke the game open with two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and four in the sixth.
The Tigers struck early and often in the opener. Cushing scored at least two runs in each of its at-bats.