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Shockers season comes to close

SHAWNEE  No baseball team wants to find itself in any tournament's losers bracket.

The Southwest Shockers were in that position this week, and they nearly climbed their way out of it until a 12-2 season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Outlaws in the American Legion State Tournament finals on Sunday in Shawnee.

The Outlaws erupted for 10 runs between the third through fifth inning, while the Shockers managed just two runs despite nine hits.

"(Oklahoma City) caught fire, you know. They just swung the bat real well that second game," said Shockers associate head coach Tyle Hankins, a former Olustee player who was back helping the Southwest program this year as he prepares to take a graduate assistant job at East Central University next season.

After a second-round loss to Three-Rivers, the Shockers forced an "if necessary" game by winning four straight contests. That included an 8-3 triumph earlier Sunday over the Outlaws, who had been unbeaten on the week.

A win in the finals would have propelled the Shockers into the American Legion Mid-South Regional this week in North Little Rock, Ark.

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