Rain changes baseball tourney game times


Brad Gilbert - bgilbert@civitasmedia.com



As welcome as any and all rain is in this dry desert corner of Oklahoma, it means a headache for a few specific people.

Among this group of people not thrilled with this damp air are the ones tasked with coordinating baseball game times this weekend.

While the Bulldogs were busy thumping Del City in the second round of the Cache Tournament, 8-1, Navajo was out front of Olustee, 11-5 in the Donnie Elliot Tournament at Granite.

The Bulldogs sent Jackson Herring to the mound to face Del City Friday. Jackson held Del City scoreless until the final out of the game. The Bulldog base-runners took advantage of the Del City pitcher’s slow mechanics delivering the ball to home plate. Anytime the Bulldogs got on base, they were stealing bases and moving around to score on any contact by the hitters.

Tito Jones in the two hole plated the first Bulldog run of the game in the first inning. The score would remain 1-0 until the third inning.

In the third inning, the Bulldogs exploded for seven runs as they took advantage of three Del City errors.

The game was called due to the wet conditions and the rain steadily falling at the time. Now the Cache Tournament has adjusted its bracket to a single elimination instead of double elimination.

At press time, the Bulldogs were scheduled to play Elk City at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Elk City beat Altus earlier in the week at Altus, 5-1 behind some quality pitching. The Bulldogs failed to execute some opportunities to advance runners in the that game either by bunting or timely hitting. Several base runners were left stranded in that game.

The Bulldogs are looking to even the score with the Elks Saturday. If the Bulldogs win at 4 p.m., they will stick around and watch the Cache/Del City game that follows before facing the winner of that game in the championship in the late game.

If the Bulldogs lose at 4 p.m., they will come home, regroup and kick their Spring Break off on Monday at Ardmore. The Bulldogs will be off the rest of next week.

Altus is now 5-2 on the year. GO BULLDOGS!!

The Donnie Elliot Tournament at Granite is in a similar condition. “We were up on Olustee in the top half of the fifth inning,” said Navajo coach Weston Winters. “It finally just got too wet to continue.”

At press time, Navajo and Olustee were scheduled to continue their game in the top half of the fifth inning Saturday at 3 p.m.

Granite and Frederick were scheduled to play after that and were to face the Navajo/Olustee winner in the finals.

Brad Gilbert

bgilbert@civitasmedia.com

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