Shockers Red top Sting
With the sound of thunder and firecrackers rumbling in the distance, Southwest Shockers Red and Lawton-based Oklahoma Sting made their own noise at Eagle Field on Independence Day.
The teams locked up in a seesaw affair that saw the Shockers pull out an 8-7 win in eight innings, when Jordan Fixico scored the game-winning run from third on a throwing error by the Sting.
"It was a good scrap, a real good scrap," Shockers head coach Eagle Fixico said. "They'd jump up there and then we'd jump up there, and we just kept going back and forth at each other."
With the game even at 7 into the bottom of the eighth, Olustee product Jordan Fixico drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball.
After an out, Fixico's Olustee teammate Kannon Hayes sent a line drive towards a drawn in infield. Hayes' line drive was caught at second, but a throw to third to try and double off Fixico was wide of the base, allowing Fixico to trot home.
"I was yelling at our guy to hold it," Sting head coach Ron Medina said. "We were playing up to cut the run at the plate, so our third baseman wasn't really in position to take the throw. Tough way to lose the game."
The run hung a tough loss on Sting reliever Tristen Gooden and gave the win to the Shockers Taylor Avila, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
After falling behind early, 4-1, the Sting fought back to take a 7-6 lead in the fifth when Eisenhower's Mealique Solorzano sent a two-out double into the gap that unloaded the bases and chased Shockers starter Tray Ladlee from the game.
"We've been working with Mealique to keep his stroke short, he had a big long swing before," Medina said. "When he came up to the plate there in the fifth I just told him to stay short, and he did."