Elgin stays in hunt for Bowman title
Give Elgin's baseball team plenty of credit, after two days of mixing it up with 6A and 5A teams, the Class 4A Owls showed they know how to win the tight games, taking a pair of narrow wins to advance to the final day of action in the 42nd Annual Bo Bowman Invitational.
The Owls, guaranteed no worse than the third-place trophy, will take the field at 10 a.m. to face the loser of last night's late winner's bracket finals game between Southmoore and Putnam City North. The winner of that 10 a.m. game would then have to win two games to take the title while last night's late winner can take the title with just a single win at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile the three Lawton teams all saw their title hopes dashed during a hectic Friday schedule that included site changes, extra-inning games and some great play at times.
The day started with PC North beating Eisenhower, 10-4, at the Mac diamond to avoid a long day of baseball and set up the late-night game with Southmoore. At the same time Altus was ending the Wolverines' hopes by a 10-6 score.
As the day progressed, Ike eliminated MacArthur, 8-6, but then the Eagles were knocked out by Elgin in a well-played 4-2 battle. The Owls won that game just minutes after beating Altus, 3-2, in a dandy 11-inning battle.
Here's a brief look at Friday's games in the order of which they were played:
PCN capitalizes off Ike miscues
To kick off the second day of the tournament, Putnam City North ran away from Ike with a 10-4 victory to put themselves in the driver's seat and into the winner's bracket finals during the nightcap against the favorite, Southmoore.
The Panthers scored at least one run in each of the five innings, including a four-run fifth inning to pull away.
Multiple errors and wild pitches gave the Panthers a flurry of runs throughout the game.
Ike committed six errors and walked five batters in the first two innings. To top it off, the Eagles threw an inexcusable amount of wild pitches, four of which led to four runs for PCN.
"We really just never recovered after that," Vermillion said. "You can't come out and play that bad and expect to win."
Ike scored all four of its runs in the final two innings, but the Eagles dug themselves an early hole and spotted PC North six runs before Nate Paquin delivered an infield RBI single to score JR Ladore.
With the bases loaded moments later, Ike had another chance to score, but the Eagles watched it vanish as Alex Young bounced into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
Ike's Nick Paquin gave up four runs and was saddled with the loss while Nate McKenzie notched a win under his belt for PCN by tossing a complete game despite giving up four runs.