The Pryor Times


April 11, 2014

LG's late rally trips Jay

LOCUST GROVE, OK — Locust Grove used a two-out rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to take down Jay, 7-5, in Class 4A baseball action Thursday.

Down 5-3 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning, the Pirates (4-13) brought home four runs with two outs to take their first lead of the game.

Senior right fielder Dekota Gregory started the rally with a walk. Gregory then stole second, and a throwing error allowed Gregory to slide in safely to home a few pitches later to cut the lead to 5-4.

Bradley Fields doubled and fellow frosh Hayden Brandon slugged a pinch-hit single to right. Jeremy McFarland was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Trevor Taylor, who walked to tie the game.

Taylor's brother Brock doubled in the go-ahead runs on a 3-2 pitch.

"We got to work some counts, work some pitches," LG head coach Skyler Rawlins said. "We hit to the right spots at the right time. We put some pressure on them, got them on their toes and cut out the base-running mistakes."

The Pirates fell behind the Bulldogs 5-1 after four innings, thanks in part to errors in the field and careless base-running.

The first three innings ended with LG runners caught off base, including a 9-3 double play to end the first when a runner walked back to first base on a pop-fly to right field rather than run to tag up.

Freshman Brayden Littledave threw 5 2/3 innings before being hit in the leg by a line drive. Trevor Taylor, throwing in relief of Littledave, retired the last four Bulldogs in order and got the win.

"We got some good pitching, we just needed to take care of things on defense," Rawlins said. "We gave them some free runs in the beginning and we had to play catch-up the rest of the way."

Littledave batted in a run in the third inning, and Darryle Trammell and Brock Taylor had RBI singles in the fourth and fifth.

The Pirates, winners of two of their last three, will travel to Adair Saturday to take on the Warriors at 10 a.m.

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