Shockers Red takes two convincing wins
Hits were served on a platter courtesy of the Red Southwest Shockers on Thursday morning at Cameron University's McCord Field.
The Shockers in red tallied hit after hit and coasted to a pair of victories in their doubleheader opener of the Jim Walton Memorial Tournament. The Shockers first routed the Titans, 14-7, before blitzing the Blacksox17, 10-3.
Shockers Red coach Kyle Fultz, an assistant coach at Southern Nazarene University who played and eventually coaches at Lawton High School, attributed the pair of wins to strong starts on the mound and at the plate. In the 14-7 win over the Titans, Austin Neal pitched four strong innings and Kaden Hans led the charge at the plate with a 4-for-4 outing with multiple RBIs.
"I like the way we've been swinging it," Fultz said. "He (Kaden) swung it really well and the rest of the guys hit really well, too."
The Shockers, who scored two runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, in addition to a four-run third, continued to hit well in the 10-3 win over the Blacksox17 squad. The Shockers run-ruled the Blacksox in the fifth inning and Lenard Pieterez, who is committed to play at Western Oklahoma State in Altus this coming year, doubled off the left field wall before stealing third. Jackie Jimenez, who also will play at Western, delivered a 2-run single softly into a gap between the right and centerfielder to make it 10-3 Shockers.
The Red Shockers, playing in Pool A, have another doubleheader today, which will be played at MacArthur High School. The Shockers square off with Piedmont at 4:30 p.m. before taking on the OKC Indians at 7 p.m. Already at 2-0 in the tournament, the Red Shockers as well as the Black Shockers squad could put themselves in a prime position heading into Saturday's cross-pool games with eyes set on Saturday's championship.
Fultz was most impressed with how the Shockers have responded in certain situations as the players get into the swing of summer baseball again.
"I challenge these guys and they always respond," Fultz said.
One such occasion came earlier this week, on Tuesday, at Southern Nazarene, where the Shockers dug themselves an early 5-run hole after the first two innings.