Chase Phillips and Seth Loyd each jacked two-run homers, sending Inola to a third-place clinching 6-0 victory over Tahlequah in the Inola Baseball Classic on Saturday.
Phillips and Loyd both added singles to account for four of the Longhorns’ six hits while Austin Riley cracked two of the Tigers’ six hits.
Mason Stookey picked up the victory for Inola, striking out six and walking four.
The Longhorns (10-8) scored three times in the first inning and added three more runs in the second. Lead off batter Dillon Springer reached base via error and scored on a fielder’s choice in giving the home team a 1-0 lead.
Stookey reached base after being struck by Tahlequah starter Marcus Cordle and then stole second. Phillips followed with a sky rocket that cleared the right center field fence 365 feet away.
Ahead 3-0 going into the second inning, the Longhorns left little doubt about the outcome. Nick Ariaz earned a walk from Cordle, stole second and eventually stole home as the Inola lead reached 4-0.
With designated hitter Colton McCormick standing at third, Loyd came to the plate and delivered his shot over right field to give his team an insurmountable six-run bulge.
Inola left nine men on base, but Tahlequah stranded 11. The Tigers left runners at second and third in the first and fourth innings. The Longhorns left the bases full in the fifth and sixth.
The Longhorns return to action at 4:30 p.m. today at home against Verdigris.