White aids Shocker Red's cause
Dillon White is back playing baseball around Lawton this summer, and that was a good thing for the Southwest Shockers on Thursday.
The former Sterling catcher laced an RBI double to centerfield in the top of the sixth inning, scoring the go-ahead run in the Shockers Red team's 3-2 victory over the Ardmore Cardinals in the Jim Walton Bragging Rites tournament opening day at Eisenhower.
Shockers Red (18U) came back to beat the Woodward Travelors, 2-1 to stay perfect. Shockers Black (17U) dropped two games earlier in the day, falling 11-3 to Woodward and 10-6 to Ardmore.
White made sure his squad didn't falter. He spent this past season at Cowley Community College (Kan.), but has signed to play at Oklahoma State in 2015. He's grown an inch and put on about 30 pounds, standing at 6-3, 220 pounds and looking every bit of the part of a Division I baseball player.
"He's a monster. I felt like I was cheating having him out there," Shockers coach Eagle Fixico said. "His first year back from college, he gave us a big boost offensively."
White wasn't in the lineup until his at-bat in the sixth. Lawton High product Brayden Albert picked up the slack in the meantime, adding an RBI single in the third to give the Shockers a 2-1 lead.
Shockers hurler Taylor Varnel allowed two earned runs while scattering six hits and tossing eight strikeouts.