SEQUOYAH – This one almost got away from the Sequoyah Eagles.
“I thought it was,’’ said Sequoyah baseball coach Brandon Green. “They strung a few hits together and then we got our chance to string some hits together. It went back and forth and we finally made some things happen.’’
A throwing error by the Wagoner Bulldogs allowed the winning run to score, handing the Eagles a 3-2 victory in a District 4A-7 game Tuesday at Sequoyah Field. Green’s team improved to 6-11 overall and 3-3 in league play.
The Eagles were sailing along with a one-run shutout entering the seventh inning behind the one-hit pitching of Blake Bedsworth. The sophomore southpaw was forced off the mound in the final frame due to closing in on a pitch count limit. Junior Matthew Matussak came on in relief, getting an infield out, but the next Wagoner batter sent a sharply ground through the legs of a Sequoyah infielder.
Consecutive singles to right field led to Sawyer Jones driving in catcher Max Brown with the tying run, making it 1-1. Nathan Timmons followed with a sacrifice fly, plating pinch runner Garrett Barton, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.
Sequoyah quickly rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Max Pittman punched a base hit to left, then Trey Burks smashed a double to center. Pittman scored to tie the game and Burks continued to third when the ball was misplayed by the Bulldogs outfielders.
Two hitters later, Matussak lined out to shortstop Bristo Love, who relayed to third, trying to nab Burks who ventured off the bag. The ball got past Jones and Burks scrambled home with the walk off run.
Burks, Wood, Pittman and Hayden Clark each managed two hits for the Eagles. Wagoner finished with three. Bedsworth fanned six while walking three in six innings, but Matussak earned the win.
“He had a heck of a performance on the mound,’’ Green said of Bedsworth. “This was one of our most solid games in the field. We made a couple of decent plays and we communicated well.
“We’re so young and we’ve got a lot of sophomores trying to get better every game. We graduated so many starters and we’re playing with inexperience, but we’re learning how to compete and how to finish games at the end.’’
Burks led off the first inning for Sequoyah by tripling into the right field corner. Two batters later, Clark rapped a single to center field, scoring Burks with a run that kept it 1-0 heading into the final inning.
The Eagles return home on Friday at 5 p.m. to face Catoosa in a makeup game, then tackle Vinita at home Saturday at 11 a.m.