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April 19, 2013

Empire can’t contain Apache in district loss

Sean Gorman / The Duncan Banner
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WAURIKA — Following its win against Waurika in the opening round of the Class A District Tournament, the Empire baseball team was feeling as good about itself as it had all season.

Those good feelings all but disappeared twenty minutes later when the team ran into the Apache Warriors for its second game.

Apache built on the momentum from its earlier win against Waurika and put on an offensive clinic in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring 12 runs in the game’s final two innings to win 17-0 in five.

Cole Bridges kept Apache in check for the first two innings, but it was all Warriors from that point on.

While the Bulldogs failed to generate any offense at the plate, Apache got things going in the third by taking a 4-0 lead. None of the runs happened with the ball leaving the infield, as the Warriors scored on a passed ball, bases loaded walk, successful suicide squeeze and bunt.

Apache managed just one run in the fourth, but ran away with authority after that, scoring at will in the game’s final two innings to secure the run rule win.

The Bulldogs have its work cut out for them Friday, as they have a rematch against Apache scheduled for noon and will play the Warriors a third time for the district title if they win that game.