The Pryor Times


May 22, 2014

East rallies for Three Rivers victory

PRYOR, OK — Some of the finest baseball players in northeast Oklahoma descended on American Legion Memorial Field Wednesday for the Three Rivers Baseball Coaches All-Star Game, where the East rallied for a 2-1 win over the West.

Miami stars Ty Mercer and Cole Young singled in both runs for the East in the bottom of the seventh inning, negating a stellar performance from hometown standout Nate Wolfe.

Wolfe, a senior from Pryor, was outstanding in the early going. He singled in the top of the second inning, then started a double play from his right field slot to end the bottom of the inning.

In the fifth, Wolfe walked, stole second, advanced on a ground ball and scored the West's only run of the game on a single from Collinsville's AJ Austin.

Once Miami's tandem helped the East take the lead, Chouteau ace Doug Mynahan took the mound in the top of the eighth.

Mynahan, who intends to play next season at Murray State College in Tishomingo, fanned his first two batters and forced the third to pop out. Grove's Jake Spychalski punched out two more in the ninth, including Collinsville's Connor Crutchfield to end the game.

Strong pitching was in ample supply Wednesday. Claremore Sequoyah pitchers McCain Foster and Logan McGill combined to strike out five batters in two innings, and Three Rivers Pitcher of the Year Tyler Milligan picked up three Ks in his two innings.

Milligan, a Wagoner product, outed Three Rivers Player of the Year and Oral Roberts commit Matt Whatley on strikes in the game's first at-bat.

Whatley did catch one runner stealing from his spot behind the plate.

Salina's Cale Backward safely reached base twice for the East on a walk and a Mynahan error. Fellow Wildcat Bret Fite walked once.

Backward and Fite will play next season at Connors State College in Warner.

Other Mayes County players on the East roster included Adair's Cody Yoder, Salina's Mark Cowan, Locust Grove's Dylan Hughes and Jeremy McFarland and Chouteau's Austin Hershberger.

Caleb Hill of Pryor joined Wolfe in the West dugout and reached base in the second inning on an error.

Before the game, Pryor head coach Gerald Osborne was honored as one of four Co-Coaches of the Year.

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