DeSilver's defensive gem sparks LHS comeback
It isn't over until it's over.
It might be clichÈ, but it perfectly describes Lawton High's incredible comeback against against Altus as the first day of the 43rd Annual Bo Bowman Tournament come to a close late Thursday at the MacArthur diamond.
The Wolverines (3-9) trailed 6-0 through five innings, but a flurry of hits and Altus pitching errors changed the complexion of the game, allowing LHS to storm back for a 15-7 win in seven innings.
"This is the first time since I've been the head of this program that we've actually come together as a team and pulled out a victory," LHS coach James Pahcoddy said. "A lot of young subs came in and contributed in a big way, and that was nice to see. It was an overall team effort, that's for sure."
The game surpassed its predetermined two-hour time limit during the sixth inning when the Bulldogs held a 7-4 lead, and unfortunately for Altus, the Wolverines took advantage of the additional time. LHS scored 11 runs ñ two earned ñ on only two hits in the final inning.
Although the Bulldogs avoided giving up many hits, pitching woes of other varieties plagued them down the stretch. Altus walked eight batters in the seventh, hitting four in the process.
In all, the Wolverines managed only six hits, while the Bulldogs finished with four.
Jayson "J.W." DeSilver served as the catalyst for the Wolverines' sudden spark beginning in the sixth inning.
The freshman first baseman performed perhaps the most impressive play of the game, diving to stop a possible game-clinching grounder before rolling on his back and throwing the batter out back and throwing the batter out at first.
The sequence gave LHS the energy it desired, and it was all Wolverines from there.
Kegan Cline, Eli Reyes and Quintrell Scott opened the bottom half of the inning with a trio of singles, and then it was DeSilver's turn.
DeSilver grounded out, but he allowed Cline to cover the distance from third to home, giving LHS its first run of the game.