With a score like 26-23, you would think the Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers got a late field goal to get the win.
Those scores not only happen in football but also in junior college baseball as well. It was only a seven inning game.
However, Western and Cowley County in Kansas are two very explosive lineups. This game had just about everything in it.
With 39 hits and 49 runs between the two teams, one might discount this one as another example of the aluminum bat gone wild.
It’s true that these two teams can swing it. It’s also true that if two teams combine to make seven errors, grant an absurd 25 walks, hit two batters, throw two wild pitches, allow multiple passed balls to the backstop and add a balk, things can get out of hand quick.
Both teams combined to use 15 pitchers.
Despite having a 17-7 lead after the second inning and batting through the line up almost four times in the first two innings, Western entered their last at bat tied at 23. Western had just allowed nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Center-fielder, Wanderson Pinales put the Pioneers out front for good with a two run blast after Blake Clanton walked to start the inning.
Bryan Hernandez went 5-6 with seven RBIs and scored four times. Five Pioneers homered in this one including a grand slam in the second inning by Raul Mercado.
Hernandez also stepped on the mound and sealed the win throwing a scoreless seventh inning.
The win is Western’s seventh straight victory. They are in Enid today and tomorrow to take on Northern Oklahoma State College.
The Pioneers will play this same N.O.C. bunch this weekend at home.
Reach Brad Gilbert@482-1221 ext. 2076