The Duke Tigers traveled to Randlett on Tuesday to square off against the Big Pasture Rangers in a baseball doubleheader contest, and what the Tigers earned during the road trip is nothing short of miraculous.
The Tigers swept the Rangers, totalling 11 runs in each game and holding the Rangers to zero, but what is more impressive is the way they managed to do it.
During the first of two games, the Tigers needed only three innings and two pitchers to shut down the Rangers with Orin McGee and Jase Hamersley teaming up to pitch a no-hit game against Big Pasture.
McGee pitched two innings and 28 pitches, striking out three and walking only one while Hamersley sent 24 pitches across the plate in one inning of work and walked one while striking out two.
The Rangers woes were primarily on the offensive side of the plate as they were unable to come up with a single hit and only reached base due to two walks and a batter who was hit by a pitch.
The Tigers came to life in the top of the first inning after Matt Milner was able to reach base on an error by Big Pasture’s shortstop. The error would prove to be only one of many for the Rangers.
Milner was able to work his way around the bases stealing both second and third before scoring on a passed ball at the plate.
Hayden Brown reached base on an error by Big Pasture’s second baseman and McGee was walked directly afterward. Brown would eventually cross home plate on yet another Big Pasture passed ball at the plate and put the Tigers up 2-0.
The errors continued to trouble the Rangers in the top of the second as four base runners for the Tigers were able to reach base on errors. Harris Osborne, Milner, Brown and Mason Rice were all able to cross home plate and put the Tigers up 7-0 before Tommy McGee struck out looking to end the big inning for the Tigers.
The Tigers would score their last four runs in the finally inning of play as Osborne, Milner, Smith, and Brown all scored after less than stellar pitching from Dalton.
The Tigers completed their first of two no-hitters in only three innings, shocking the Rangers and sending a message for what was to come during their second game.
Milner and Brown both went one-for-three at the plate with each crossing home three times and both picking up one RBI — run-batted-in.
Game 2: More of the same.
As if one no-hitter was not enough, the Duke Tigers came out in the second game of their doubleheader with the same idea, using three pitches this time to nab the win.
Hayden Brown threw 14 pitches and struck out all three batters he faced while Lucas Bales threw 15 pitches and struck out two and Matt Milner threw 16 and struck out two and walked one.
Although the second game lasted three innings as well, the Tigers needed only two to score all 11 of their runs putting batters on base and across the home plate in nine hits.
The Tigers scored four in the top of the first as Milner, Brown, Dawson Brooks, and Orin McGee all crossed the plate within one play of each other.
Brooks’ triple was the highlight of the inning as he ripped a line drive to left field to help the Tigers take a 4-0 lead into the second half of the first inning.
The Tigers used the top of the second inning as their chance to crush any hopes the Rangers might have of getting back into the game, plating seven runs in rapid succession.
Paul Garza and Osborne both crossed home on a Brown two-RBI double to right field. The double also put Milner on third who then scored after Orin McGee singled to the shortstop.
Brown crossed home on an error by the second baseman and a Brooks RBI double to left field put across Orin McGee.
Tommy McGee was walked and a Lucas Bales RBI single to left field drove in Brooks to put the Tigers up 10 – 0.
Tommy McGee would put the nail in the coffin as he tagged up at third on a Garza pop-up out to the short stop and crossed home plate to make it 11-0.
The Rangers would get no help from their lineup and end the game with zero hits once again, putting the Duke Tigers at 4-0 on the season.
Orgin McGee was the big hitter for the Tigers going 2-for-2, scoring twice, and knocking in three RBI’s. Dawson Brooks was 2-for-2 as well, scoring twice and notching two RBI’s for the game.
The Duke Tigers are scheduled to participate today in the Adam Wootton Memorial Tournament at Navajo.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.