The Altus Bulldogs finished their final games at home in a double-header against El Reno on Monday.
Due to weather restrictions, the game between Altus and El Reno was moved up to Monday rather than today. Both teams decided rather than wait, they would switch spots on the schedule.
El Reno rolled into town and cleaned house in their first game. The first batter walked and the second hit a home run to set the tone for the night. They scored half of their 16 points in the first inning.
The Bulldogs would go scoreless this game, frustration, errors and an unbelievable start from El Reno shut them out.
The senior night celebration for all the spring sports athletes honored tennis, golf, track and baseball. The girl’s golf team was unable to be there as they were competing at the regional tournament.
When the ceremony ended most of the crowd left and this helped rile up the downtrodden Bulldogs for the next game.
Center fielder Tito Jones was the first at bat for the second game. He fought an 0-2 count five straight times and won the single.
Jones made it in off the wild throw giving the Bulldogs their first run of the night. El Reno answered with two scores of their own.
Things would seem to get out of hand in the second inning. The Bulldogs only brought in McCrea Stephens, while the Indians brought in six more runners.
With the score 2-8 the Bulldogs refused to roll over. They scored three runs in the third to reduce the gap and shut out the Indians in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-8 Indians.
Tyler Garcia and Marcus Molina would both be brought in off a wild pitch while Keagan Pride was at bat.
Montorie Bridges would have an impressive shot over the shortstop, but Pride was tagged right at home.
Kouba, from El Reno, would beat the throw from Garcia to first but Tatum was shot down by Pride to third to close out another scoreless inning from El Reno.
The gap was closed with the score being 7-8 at the end of the fourth inning. Stephens scored off the double from Austin Baldwin, tying it up 8-8.
The Indians changed pitchers and pulled out just enough luck to bring in two more runners to finish the rest of the game 8-10 Indians.
The Bulldogs finish their season with a 15-16 record, 4-5 in league play.
They sent farewells to their seniors during a break between the games and looked forward to improving next season.
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