Shockers Black eliminated from tourney
A day after scoring 15 runs on 14 hits, the Southwest Shockers' Black bats went silent in a 2-0 loss to the Oklahoma Fuel at Cameron's McCord Field.
The loss eliminated Shockers Black from the tournament. Shockers Red plays the Oklahoma Travelers today at 2:30 p.m. at McCord Field.
On Saturday, Fuel starting pitcher Will Sprayberry twirled a complete game two-hitter with six strikeouts, outdueling the Shockers Dakota McGrory, who also went the distance.
"It was all-around a pitching duel. Their guy came out, showed a little velocity and really pounded both sides of the plate," Shockers head coach Brian Wyatt said. "He just kept us off balance a majority of the game."
Sprayberry's gem spoiled a solid performance from McGrory, a Navajo native. The righty scattered six hits, allowed two earned runs, struck out six and walked one in the hard-luck loss.
One of McGrory's only mistakes came in the top of the second, when Jake Cowen laced a leadoff triple into the left field gap, just out of the reach of Shockers centerfielder Reed Webb. Cowen scored in the next at-bat on Connor Surrey's infield single to shortstop.
"Dakota threw great. The first run was my fault. I told our left fielder to scoot in a little bit and moved Reed more towards right," Wyatt said of his club's position before the leadoff triple. "The guy hit it right at the gap and Reed made a diving play and just missed it. That run ultimately was on me."