The Pryor Times


May 8, 2013

Tigers' team effort makes the difference

PRYOR, OK — Pryor will be facing a titanic obstacle at 4 p.m. Thursday in its quest for a state title — in this case, the Titans of Carl Albert.

The Titans (32-3) have won 19 straight games and haven't lost in over a month; but if there's anything the Tigers have proven this year, it's that they are resilient.

Pryor (24-11) has found itself in deep holes time and time again, and have battled back to win several of those games. The Tigers did it three times in last weekend's regional tournament at Grove, and they have done it with a young roster that has grown up quickly in the last few months.

"We're playing really well right now," PHS head coach Gerald Osborne said. "We've played well when we needed to, and we've been eliminating some errors we had earlier in the season."

The Tigers start three seniors and junior Nate Wolfe, and while junior Kelvin Grubbs (5-2, 3.16 ERA) sees quality time, a large portion of the production has fallen to freshmen and sophomores, and they have delivered.

Freshman Spencer Henson leads the team in RBIs (44) and home runs (6) while batting .356. He's also tied for the team lead in doubles (8). Sophomore centerfielder Brennon Barth bats .353 and has brought home 35 runs.

Freshman Anthony Martinez has been a phenom in the field, playing shortstop and catcher while compiling a 4-2 record on the hill. Fellow frosh Bradley Nixon has been an efficient contributor at the plate (.356, 10 RBIs) and on the mound (1-0, 11 appearances in relief).

As good as the underclassmen have been, the heart and soul of the Tiger squad lies with the seniors. Zack Hammock has rolled to a 10-2 year on the mound with a team-best 2.01 ERA. At the plate, Hammock is a solid .379 with 30 RBIs.

Lead-off batter Casey Holloway has been getting on base (team-best .398 batting average, .442 OBP) and running the base paths (39 stolen bases, one away from his own school record).

Foster McCollough has eight doubles and two homers on the year, and has just one error at first base — a team low — to go with a pristine .994 fielding percentage.

If Pryor is to upset the Titans, they'll need all nine pieces working together. Defense has been the name of the game for the Tigers, and they'll need their best effort of the year to win their biggest game of the year.

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