The Pryor Times


April 27, 2013

Salina crushes Nowata to advance

SALINA, OK — Salina didn’t surprise many people by pounding Nowata twice Thursday to claim a district title.

That doesn’t mean the return to next week's regional tournament will be any less sweet.

In Thursday’s opener, the Wildcats blitzed the Ironmen 12-1 in six innings and followed that win up with a 9-0 decision in Game 2 to wrap up yet another district championship.

The pair of wins moves Salina to  22-8 on the year and gives the Wildcats the inside track to hosting a regional playoff tournament.

In the opening game, Salina (on the scoreboard as the visitor) started slowly, as Nowata kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard for the first two innings. Salina broke the game open in the third and fourth innings, racing to a   5-1 lead on the strength of a Jake Tolbert RBI double and Bret Fite’s two-RBI single in the third and a Colton Burgess two-RBI single in the fourth.

The Wildcats left the bases loaded to end the inning on a Dillon Gardner grounder, but found their stroke again in the sixth, scoring five times to run-rule the Ironmen.

Tolbert notched the Game 1 win, pitching five innings and allowing three hits while striking out six Ironmen. Tolbert had a good game at the plate as well, racking up two hits and a pair of RBIs. Fite went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBIs, Cale Backward went 2-for-3 with a double.

Designated hitter Colton Burgess had a 2-for-3 game, batting in a trio of runs and forcing an error that scored both Salina runs in the fifth inning.

Burgess kicked off the Wildcat scoring in Game 2, blasting a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to give the Salina the only lead it would need.

Brent Soldier pitched the second half of the doubleheader and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a base hit. Soldier pitched a complete game, fanning four and walking two.

Fite was a perfect 4-for-4 in the second game, including a pair of doubles and a pair of singles. Cale Backward swatted a two-RBI double in the second inning and an RBI single in the third to help Salina push its lead to 8-0.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • adair abbey stephens.jpg Adair aiming high in 2014

    Adair's Lady Warriors will have plenty of chances to earn respect and a shot at the program's third straight regional tournament appearance in 2013.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • dirtseller pirtle.JPG Locals take their game nationwide

    Five Locust Grove Pirates represented the United States over the weekend at the USA Football 16U/17U National Development Games in Towson, Md.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Patterson, McIntire named to rosters

    Salina's Cullen Patterson and Locust Grove's Cameron McIntire have been selected as replacements for this week's Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State events in Tulsa.

    July 27, 2014

  • kegley mug.jpg Pryor's Kegley serving with purpose

    Pryor's Taylor Kegley always knew he was destined for a career of service.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chouteau approves athletic upgrades

    Chouteau High School is getting a head start on making upgrades to its athletic facilities.

    July 22, 2014

  • doty mug web.jpg Ex-Tiger Doty adjusting on and off the field

    Former Pryor Tiger Christian Doty joined the Oklahoma Baptist University football team for its first season in 73 years in 2013, and rejoined the team Friday to begin preparations for the school's sophomore season.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • lococo.jpg Wildcats marching to their own beat

    After spring sports finished, Salina head coach Matt Williams had a peculiar message for his football team.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tigers earn top seed, fall in semis

    Pryor's improved passing game was on display again Monday, as the Tigers traveled to Hilldale for a 7-on-7 tournament and finished in the tourney's top four.

    July 15, 2014

  • IMG_9538KRT.jpg Summer Nationals returns to Chouteau Bend

    After a year-long hiatus, the Mid-America Summer Nationals drag boat races will return to Chouteau Bend.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • brock taylor.JPG Pirates slowed at 7-on-7 showcase

    Locust Grove went head-to-head against some of the best skill players in the region last weekend at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase in Springdale, Ark.

    July 14, 2014 2 Photos