SALINA, OK —
Kyle Johnson pitched Salina to a 10-3 win over Ketchum in the Salina Invitational championship game Saturday morning at Sam Baker Stadium.
Johnson had an RBI double in the second inning, which saw the Wildcats (15-11) take a 5-1 lead to coast to their own tournament title.
Johnson was named the tournament's most valuable player. He doubled twice in a 9-8 win over Vinita Friday and hit the walk-off sacrifice fly to beat Inola, 4-3, earlier in the day.
Salina is on a five-game winning streak heading into its regular season finale today against the same Ketchum team it has knocked off twice this season.
Colton Burgess reached base five times, including a single and a triple, and scored twice. Cody Daniels was 2-for-3, and Chase Mellowbug doubled.
Johnson struck out six Warriors, walked six and allowed four hits. Leadoff hitter Tanner Mouse had three of Ketchum's hits, including a double in the seventh inning.
Adair rips Vinita
SALINA — Adair built a 7-0 lead after three innings and held off Vinita for a 9-2 win in the Salina Invitational fifth-place game Saturday.
Adair (12-13) bounced back from an 0-2 Friday to leave Salina with a 2-2 record.
The Warriors got good spot hitting, scoring at least two runs in each of the first three innings before a two-run seventh.
Matt Skelton tripled to start the sixth inning, but could not score from third to run-rule the Hornets.
Bubba Kerr singled, doubled, walked and batted in a run in four at-bats. Tayler Conseen was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and teammate Hunter Rosebrough went 1-for-3 and batted in a pair of runs.
After Preston James walked his first two batters, Rosebrough relieved him on the mound and pitched all seven innings.
Will Hefner had a 1-for-4 day with a double and an RBI.
Inola straps Pirates to nab bronze
SALINA — Inola scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull away from Locust Grove, 12-1, and win third place at the Salina Invitational Saturday.
Brock Taylor hit an RBI single for the Pirates (6-18) in the fourth inning to cut the Inola lead to 2-1, but that was as close as Locust Grove would get.
Trevor Taylor allowed five straight Longhorn hits to score runs in the top of the sixth inning to close the door on the Pirates.
Brayden Littledave pitched 4 2/3 innings and absorbed the loss.