Batting practice seldom is this explosive.
Pryor’s baseball Tigers lined up against Oklahoma City Northwest Monday and took their cuts.
By the time they were finished, they had racked up 39 runs, 26 hits and 15 bases on balls.
The Tigers swept a shortened doubleheader at home from Northwest, winning by scores of 19-0 and 20-0.
Northwest managed a total of four hits, two in each game, and committed 16 errors.
The Tigers batted in only seven innings — four in the first game, three in the second — while quickly invoking the run-rule.
In the first game, the Tigers actually failed to score in their first at-bat. But over the next three innings, the Tigers erupted for 19 runs.
Zack Hammock and Justin Thomas each went 3-for-3 and Foster McCollough was 2-for-2.
Hammock drove in four runs while McCollough and Thomas each had three RBIs.
Nate Wolfe pitched three innings for the victory, striking out seven. Hammock finished up, adding two more strikeouts.
In the second game, the Tigers scored all 20 runs in three innings before sending the Knights home after the top of the fourth.
The Tigers collected “only” 11 hits, but the Knights were accommodating by committing 12 errors that led to 12 unearned runs. The Tigers were the recipients of eight walks.
Brett Mitchell hit two home runs and drove in four. Thomas also drove in four runs on a pair of hits.
Wolfe, Casey Holloway and Kelvin Grubbs also had two hits apiece.
Mason Walkingstick drove in two runs on only one hit, and closed out the Knights on three strikeouts in the fourth.
Grubbs worked the first three innings, yielding both hits, and struck out four to earn the win.
Mitchell hit a three-run homer in the first inning and led off the second with a home run.
Northwest, which has won five games, had lost five earlier games by margins of 20 or more.
The Tigers, ranked eighth in Class 5A, hiked their record to 17-8 before departing for the McAlester 5A Shootout that begins Thursday.
Six of the top nine teams from OkRankings.com are in the field, headed by No. 1 Midwest City Albert and No. 2 Claremore. Those two happen to meet in the tournament’s first game.
Also in the pool play lineup are No. 5 McAlester, No. 7 Shawnee, No. 9 Chickasha, No. 13 Duncan, No. 16, Lawton MacArthur and No. 17 Ardmore.
Pryor’s first-round opponent is Duncan.
Each team will play four games and the champion will be determined by best overall record.
Several tie-breakers are in place in case of duplicate performances.
McAlester coach Jackie Cumbie said the tournament “is designed for the guys that like to get a look at each other and prepare for the state tournament.
Batting practice seldom is this explosive.
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