The Pryor Times

April 4, 2013

Tigers put Cards away in second

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

TULSA, OK — The bright lights suit Pryor well.

Pryor took advantage of a Nate Wolfe five-inning no-hitter and a strong second inning at the plate to smash Collinsville 12-0 Thursday night at OneOK Field in downtown Tulsa, putting in a major performance with the whole state watching.

Wolfe (2-2) fanned four and walked one in five innings of work, and the Tigers bats lit up the hapless Collinsville pitchers. Five Cardinals took the mound on the night, and Pryor confounded each of them.

There was nothing special or flashy about the Tigers Thursday night. Wearing their home whites, they just completely outplayed their opponents — though the Tigers were plenty lucky in the second inning, scoring six of their seven runs with two outs on the board and the Cardinals erring three times in the inning.

After Collinsville’s Tyler Sherwood retired the side in the bottom of the first, Tiger second bagger Zack Hammock got on board with a single to start the second. After Wolfe lined out, Justin Thomas reached first on a bobbled grounder and a Foster McCollough double scored Hammock.

Bradley Nixon struck out before a steady parade of Tiger hits slowly drained any chance of a Collinsville win.

The cavalcade began with an Anthony Martinez two-RBI double. Martinez then scored and Casey Holloway reached first on a Cardinal error. Holloway scored after a Brennon Barth double. Barth reached third on another error before Spencer Henson tripled to bring Barth home, making the score 6-0.

A Hammock single scored Barth before Foster McCollough finally flied out to end the onslaught.

The Tigers weren’t done, starting the third inning with five straight hits. Kelvin Grubbs, Martinez and Holloway each singled to load the bases, which were cleared by a pair of doubles off the bats of Barth and Henson.

Henson scored on a Wolfe single to give Pryor its final 12-0 margin, just seven outs into the game.

Wolfe's no-hitter was preserved in the top of the fifth, as two Cardinals put balls in play in the infield but were ruled to have reached base on errors rather than clean hits.

Centerfielder Barth continued his hot streak, going 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Third baseman Henson was 2-4 and batted in three runs. Holloway, Hammock and Martinez each picked up two hits in the game.

Holloway and Hammock each stole a pair of bases. Lead-off batter Holloway, who holds the school record for stolen bases in a season (40), purloined his 15th and 16th bags of 2013.

Two of Pryor's main weaknesses this season — timid batting and slow starts — failed to make an appearance in downtown Tulsa. The dozen runs were Pryor's most since putting up 14 on Vinita March 15, and it was the Tigers' first shutout since blanking Tulsa Central in back-to-back games to open the season.

Coupled with their 6-5 win over Joplin (Mo.) last Saturday, the Tigers are on a winning streak for the first time since beating Vinita.

Pryor, now 11-8 on the season, will take on Durant Saturday. That game is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch at American Legion Memorial field.

Collinsville 000 00 — 0 0 3

Pryor          075 00 — 12 14 2

Sherwood, Young (2nd), Jordan (3rd), Blevins (3rd), Hill (4th) and Varner; Wolfe and Thomas.

WP — Wolfe (2-2); LP — Sherwood.

2B: Pryor — Barth (2), Henson, McCollough, Martinez.

3B: Pryor — Henson.