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Elgin bounces back, edges OKC Broncos, 5-4

TUTTLE  With less than 16 hours between games, Elgin baseball wasn't about to make excuses in the Tuttle Tournament.

After playing until nearly midnight in an 8-3 loss to Berryhill on Wednesday, the Owls turned around to hold off a tough private school, the Oklahoma City Broncos, 5-4, early on Thursday afternoon.

With first pitch at noon, the Owls didn't let the short turnaround faze them.

In his second at-bat, Trevor Bianchini hit a solo home run on a line drive over the left field fence to give Elgin (7-4) a 1-0 lead. 

OKC tied the game in the fourth inning before Zane Bridges hit a double and Jaken Snider drove him in with an RBI. Kendrick Black then delivered a 3-run home run to give the Owls a 5-1 lead. 

Freshman Braeden Moreland had a solid outing and earned the win, tossing four and two-thirds innings and striking out six while yielding five hits and three earned runs. Lance Bianchini came on in relief and closed the door, tossing four strikeouts in two and a third innings of work. 

In the 8-3 loss to Berryhill, Elgin walked 14 batters and committed three costly errors. Elgin walked in three runs for Berryhill. The Owls struck out 12 times as a team at the plate and Berryhill only out-hit Elgin 4-3.

"We had a bad night," Elgin coach Levi Garrett laughed. "Neither team played real well. I was not very pleased. We had a good talk after the game and were re-focused. It was a hard-fought win. 

Today, Elgin is back in action at the Tuttle Tournament, taking on Weatherford at 2 p.m. and Dale at 4 p.m.

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