BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Three Rivers’ offense shook out of a slump Tuesday but not before dropping the first of two games.
Pryor beat the American Legion Bandits squad 1-0, extending to 16 innings a scoreless streak that also registered a loss to Oklahoma Navy in the finals of the Heartland All-Star Classic at Connors State on Sunday. But a five-run third salvaged a split on the day as the Bandits beat Baxter Springs, Kan., 9-3.
Drew Wilson’s fourth home run of the year and two-hit days from Wagonerite Preston Whitten and Oktaha’s Dalton Martin awoke the Three Rivers’ bats, which managed just two hits in the loss. Martin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Whitten 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
“It was just one of those streaks we couldn’t seem to shake,” Three Rivers coach Rusty Fulps said, his team now 22-4. “But maybe we’ve shaken it.”
Boo Seward of Fort Gibson and McKaine Foster, of Claremore Sequoyah, had the lone hits against Pryor. The Bandits didn’t get a runner past second all game. A.J. Deason took the tough loss, allowing just four hits while striking out seven. He walked three.
Seward got the win in the second game, going three innings. He was one of four Three Rivers pitchers with Grant Sontag, Ryan Collins and Whitten also seeing action.
Three Rivers returns to action Friday for the Okmulgee Fourth of July Festival. They’ll face Ardmore at 1 p.m. and Texarkana, Texas, at 5 p.m.