SALINA— Ty Stewart's single drove in the winning run Tuesday as the Salina Wildcats defeated the Ketchum Warriors, 2-1, in eight innings.
For the second straight day, the Wildcats won a high school baseball game between ranked teams in extra innings. The Wildcats (8-1) are ranked seventh in Class 3A while Ketchum is No. 8 in 2A.
The Wildcats, despite extending their winning streak to eight games, slipped in the OkRankings.com poll following Monday’s 2-1 win over Fort Gibson. Salina already owned a 1-0 victory over Ketchum.
To open the Salina eighth, Brett Kerns and Brett Fite walked. Stewart followed with his hit, scoring Kerns.
Salina senior Jake Johnson limited the Warriors to one hit, striking out six. The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the third. Lucien Littledave scored at that point, tying the game and setting the stage for Stewart’s heroics.
SALINA — Jake Johnson drove in the deciding run in the eighth inning Monday, lifting the Salina Wildcats past Fort Gibson, 2-1, in a high school baseball game matching Top 10 teams.
In the Salina eighth, Lucien Littledave walked and moved to second on Brett Kerns’ single.
Johnson followed with the one-out single to center that scored Littledave.
Salina entered the game ranked fifth in Class 3A. Fort Gibson was No. 7 in Class 4A.
Although Fort Gibson scored in the first, Brent Soldier kept things close through four innings, striking out five.
In the bottom of the fourth, Clayton Eubanks tied the score with a booming home run to center.
Soldier added another strikeout in the fifth before being relieved by Jake Tolbert. Tolbert held the Tigers in check the rest of the way, striking out two in the eighth.