Errors, fielding miscues and mental mistakes.
It was the same set of problems that the Empire baseball team had seen all year long that led its 2013 campaign to come to a close Friday afternoon.
Playing on the final day of the Class A District Tournament against Apache, the Bulldogs could not get out of their own way in a 20-5 season-ending defeat.
“Obviously, it’s not the year we wanted and not the way we wanted to end the season, but there are some positive signs for next year,” Bulldogs coach Caleb Cole said. “We will have most of our starters back. We were still making too many mistakes out there, but hopefully that can be cut back with more experience.”
Fresh off a 17-0 rout in the team’s matchup Thursday, the Warriors continued to play with confidence early on, putting up three runs in each of the first two innings. In the second inning alone, Empire committed six errors.
Down 6-0, Empire showed a sign of life in the bottom of the third with two runs of its own.
After Stephen Price reach on an error at second base, Brandon Stogsdale got things going with a double to move Price to third. Price was brought home on a ground ball to first, and two batters later Stogsdale scored on a throwing error from third to first base.
Apache kept the pressure on with five more runs in the third, and Empire made its final stand of the season in the inning’s bottom half.
Braden Hill scored Empire’s first run of the inning on a Cole Bridges ground ball to second which was thrown over the head of the first baseman. Dillon Twigg had previously reached on an dribbler up the middle near the Apache pitcher and scored during the next at bat on a passed ball. Empire’s final run of the inning, game and season came as a first: the team’s first successful suicide squeeze of the year, which scored Bridges.
The rally came to an immediate halt when Mace Robinson grounded out to third with the bases loaded, and it was all Apache from there.
The Warriors secured their district title by scoring the next nine runs, taking advantages of more Empire errors and run ruling the Bulldogs in five.
Errors, fielding miscues and mental mistakes.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
Comets can’t pull out upset
When Velma-Alma senior Conner Sullivan hit a halfcourt shot at the halftime buzzer to trim Glencoe’s lead, the Panthers, who had gone 57-1 in the last 58 games had to be thinking “oh no, here we go again.”
Comanche can’t close out Alva
It wasn’t the way No. 8 Comanche basketball wanted its season to end, but with a 64-62 loss to No. 10 Alva Thursday, the Indians headed home after the first round of the Class 3A area tournament.
Youth bowlers are state runners-up
Duncan’s high school bowlers took second at the state tournament.
Girls golfers second at Guthrie
The Duncan girls didn’t play under ideal conditions at the Guthrie tournament Thursday, but claimed second as a team.
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