The Altus Bulldogs took to the field yesterday against Lawton Eisenhower. They needed a couple of extra innings to get some revenge on the Eagles.
On Monday, the Bulldogs lost in Lawton 5-1 and needed some good pitching to get squared up with Ike.
The Bulldogs got the best of Lawton Eisenhower 5-4 in nine innings. The win came in an unconventional manner.
With bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Bulldogs, Tito Jones stepped in the batter’s box. The Bulldogs were in business.
With one ball and two strikes on two foul balls by Jones, the Lawton Eisenhower pitcher balked in Keegan Pride from third base and the Bulldogs had the win.
That same Ike pitcher had just committed two throwing errors on back to back Bulldogs sacrifice bunt attempts before balking in the winning run.
At the plate, the Bulldogs spread seven singles by seven different hitters on the day. Only one Bulldog struck out yesterday compared to 15 hitters going down on strikes during Monday’s game.
The difference in the game came on Herring and Garcia combining to walk zero Ike hitters. Herring threw 5.2 innings yielding six hits and striking out five. Herring located his pitches in the strike-zone at a staggering rate. Herring put 64 of his 88 pitches for strikes.
Garcia threw the final 3.1 innings of work allowing just one hit in the process while striking out five hitters. 30 of his 42 pitches were strikes.
Well done on the hill fellas. That’s getting the job done.
Altus took advantage of three walks in the first inning to plate three runs for the early lead. Ike pitching would go on to walk seven Bulldogs over the course of the game.
That 3-0 score would remain until the third inning when Ike put one across to shrink the lead at 3-1. In the fourth inning, Altus misplayed back-to-back bunt attempts and Ike would put three runs across to take the lead 4-3.
Ike would not score again.
The Bulldogs’ Adrian Rodriguez ripped his second RBI in the bottom of the fourth inning to left field and McCrae Stephens crossed the plate for the second time in the game.
Jones, Montorie Bridges, Stephens, Herring, Rodriguez, Pride and Garcia had the singles for Altus.
The Bulldogs are 7-5 on the year and will travel to Midwest City on Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest.
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