Wind adds to challenge in baseball meets
At first glance, several scores from various high school baseball tournaments this weekend looked like those in football games.
At the Bill Tipton Classic at Carl Albert High School where Anadarko, Eisenhower and Macarthur were all playing double-digit run games were common. Same could be said for the Southern Oklahoma Invitational where Altus, Cache, Duncan, Elgin and Lawton High were all playing.
Some of it had to do with poor decisions with the baseball. Some of it had to do with the breezy conditions that were stirring fires across the state.
Regardless, there were plenty of head-scratching miscues and a multitude of free base runners handed out over the weekend. Then again, any baseball fan who on Saturday saw the Chicago Cubs erase an 8-run deficit by using a 9-run eighth inning on only three hits to blow by the Atlanta Braves 14-10 in cold, wet and windy conditions knows that the fundamentals of pitching and error-free defense in challenging weather conditions is easier said than done.
Eisenhower was one of those teams that wound up beating itself. Ike committed 10 errors, walked four batters and hit another six in a 10-2 loss to Tecumseh on Saturday in the wind.
Ike coach Jay Vermillion said he believes if the Eagles can put everything together simultaneously, they'll be tough to beat. It just hasn't all showed up on the same day. It's hard to argue. If Ike can execute the fundamentals, it's an entirely different ball club.