Tigers brake skid; beat Hilldale and Cleveland

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Losing two games in a row left the Cushing Tigers in a bit of a foul mood.
They righted that ship by winning two in a row.
Cushing High School on Saturday beat Hilldale 1-0 for fifth place in the Verdigris Spring Break Classic and on Monday took out Tulsa 7 foe Cleveland 9-5.
The Tigers improved to 9-2 overall and remained spotless at 3-0 in the conference. They will play this weekend in the Oologah Invitational Tournament. Cushing takes on Cascia Hall at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and host Oologah at 8 p.m. Thursday. The Tigers return Friday for a 5:30 p.m. date with Mannford and will complete the tournament with a single game on Saturday.
Cushing got big performances from Wyatt Dilley and Waylon Roe in both weekend games and a huge performance from Dawson Palmer in the second of the two.
Dilley handcuffed Hilldale in a complete-game performance on the mound. He allowed three hits, walked only one and struck out eight in improving to 2-0 for  the season.
Dilley faced trouble in the final half-inning of play. Hilldale’s Tyler Walker doubled with one out in the seventh and moved to third on a ground ball out by Grant Folsom. Dilley struck out Kevin Corftcheck to end the game.
The Tiger offense got only three hits. One of them was a run-scoring double by Roe in the top of the third inning.
Shayne Kelly and Dilley had the other hits for Cushing.
Palmer drove in four runs against Cleveland. His two-run home run in the second inning staked Cushing to a lead and his run-scoring single in the fourth made it 3-0.
Palmer drove in another and scored a run in the Tigers’ three-run fifth. Cushing added two more runs in the seventh.
The Tigers needed them all.
Roe was superb in four innings on the mound. He allowed no hits or runs and struck out six.
Kade Holderread followed him to the mound and ran into trouble in the bottom of the sixth. Thad Sherwood finished in the seventh — he struck out the last two Cleveland batters — and earned his first save of 2016.
Kyler Patterson and Dilley had three hits apiece for Cushing. Kelly drove in two.