Choctaw hands Wolverines two setbacks
Less than a week after winning three games in the Bo Bowman Tournament, Lawton High baseball is once again searching for answers.
The Wolverines suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Choctaw, losing 11-1 and 13-3 in five innings each at Paul Wilson Park on Tuesday night. LHS (4-13) has now lost 11 games by 10 or more runs.
Having already garnered a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1, the Yellowjackets put it of reach in the second.
Hudson Woods triggered the rout with an inside-the-park grand slam with a shot down the right-field line to extend the score to 7-0. A throwing error in the bottom half allowed LHS to record a run on an RBI groundout from Denton Lee, but that was about all the Wolverines could manage.
After striking out Cooper Harris to open the third, LHS pitcher Kyler Jenderseck walked three-straight batters, and though Bryson Glass came in to relieve the junior, it made little difference.
With the bases loaded, Glass walked Cade Sanford on his first play from the mound, giving the Yellowjackets a free run. Woods followed that up with a 2-RBI single to center field to score Dalton Smith and William Emerson.
Choctaw's final run came in the fourth when Chaz Atwood drove in Ethan Crews with a single to left field.
Although the Yellowjackets (9-6) scored more in Game 2, they didn't pull away until much later.
Choctaw gained a 3-0 advantage through the first three innings on four hits, but the Wolverines seemed determined to avoid another run-rule decision. Yellowjacket pitcher Lucas Bradley, who three a no-hitter during that period, became fatigued, and LHS took advantage, tying the game with three runs of its own.