The Pryor Times


April 26, 2014

LG earns spot in 3rd-place game

LOCUST GROVE, OK — Brock Taylor and Jaren Dirtseller pitched gems for Locust Grove Friday, combining to allow one run and sweep Westville and Adair back-to-back in Salina Invitational games.

Taylor threw a complete game against Westville, a 2-1 victory, before Jaren Dirtseller’s three-hit shutout to upset Adair, 2-0.

“You’ve got to have quality pitching day in and day out to give yourself a chance to win,” Locust Grove head coach Skyler Rawlins said.

Brock batted in his brother Trevor Taylor to score the the tying run for the Pirates (6-18) against Westville in the fourth inning, and Dekota Gregory’s lead-off walk in the bottom of the sixth turned into the game-winning run a few batters later.

“Both of them have done a good job hitting in their spots,” Rawlins said of the Taylor brothers. “We needed some timely hits, and [Brock] got us one. We had some seniors step up today.”

Tayler Conseen pitched a stellar game for the Warriors in the second game, allowing just three hits before Brock Taylor’s double scored Bradley Fields to make it 2-0 in the sixth inning.

Brock Taylor had all three of the Pirates’ RBIs on the day.

Locust Grove advances to the tournament’s third-place game, where it will meet Inola Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Salina.

“We’ve talked about playing well at the end of the season, and that’s what we want to do,” Rawlins, in his first season as the LG skipper, said. “Tomorrow, hopefully, that’s another step in the right direction.

“Our schedule ... is tough. I did that on purpose. I wanted us to get better throughout the year, and I think we have.”

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