Wonder Boys win 7 straight

RICCI LOGAN/THE ARKA TECH Wolan Withrom from Mckinney, Texas, pitching in the third inning. After the Wonder Boys’ seventh consecutive conference series win, they still sit in fourth place in the GAC Baseball standings.

The Wonder Boys picked up the seventh straight conference series win, taking two out of the three games this weekend in Durant, Oklahoma against Southeastern Oklahoma State.

The first game of the series on Saturday was rough for the Wonder Boys as they were shutout, losing 6-0. Tech was only able to manufacture nine hits in the contest. One of the bright spots in this game was Phoenix, Arizona native Cody Wescott, who went two for four in the game and Arnold, Missouri native Shane Pollard also went two for four in this game.

The first game of the doubleheader on Sunday was a completely different story. The Wonder Boys’ offense exploded in this contest. They scored in the top of the first when Kyle Gibbs, of Phoenix, Arizona, singled home Pollard to give Tech an early 1-0 lead.

In the second inning, Tech scored four runs starting with Pollard doubling home Korey Thompson, of Bryant, and Michael Post, of Mayflower. Then, Riley Hickerson, of Cooter, Missouri, hit a two-run homerun scoring Pollard to put Tech up 5-0. Tech scored two in the third to extend the lead to 7-0.

The scoring didn’t stop there. In the fourth inning, Salina, Kansas native Mark Vaughn hit a two-run homerun scoring Hickerson. Then, Thompson singled home Wescott and to cap of the inning Britt Stroth, of Conway, scored Gibbs to make Tech’s lead 11-0. Vaughn hit a solo homerun in the fifth to make the score 122. Then in the sixth, Post and Vaughn both hit tworun homeruns to make the final score of the run-rule shortened 16-3 and Tech evens up the series. Hayes Cox, of Fayetteville, picked up his sixth win on the year throwing a complete game. Cox gave up five hits and three runs all earned. Cox also only walked two batters and struck out one.

The night cap, and also the rubber match of the series, was another offense heavy game for the Wonder Boys. Southeastern took an early 6-0 lead in the first inning. In the top of the second, Tech chipped away at the Southeastern lead with Gibbs hitting a sacrifice fly scoring Vaughn. Then Thompson singled home Wescott to make the score 6-2, Southeastern. In the fourth inning, Tech continued to fight back with Stroth singling home Jake Harvey, of Overland Park, Kansas. Then, Pollard hit a sacrifice fly scoring Greenbrier native Dylan McDearmon to make the score 6-4, still Southeastern leading. In the fifth inning, the Wonder Boys tied the game up at six after Hickerson’s solo homerun and
Wescott singling home Vaughn.

In the sixth inning, Tech picked up their first lead of the game when Hickerson scored Stroth on a fielder’s choice, giving Tech a 7-6 lead. Southeastern tied the game at seven in the bottom of the sixth. Then in the eighth inning, Tech broke the tie once again with Vaughn singling home Pollard. Then Wescott doubled home two to make score 10-7, Tech leading. Southeastern scored one in the eighth but wasn’t able to score any more than that and the Wonder Boys picked up the series victory winning the rubber match 10-8.

The winning pitcher in the contest was Jared Droll, of Bixby, Oklahoma, which was his second of the year. Droll pitched three innings giving up four hits and one run, which was earned. Droll also only walked one batter and struck out one. Nolan Withrow, of McKinney, Texas, picked up his fourth save of the pitching two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit and one run, which was earned. Withrow also walked two and struck out one.

After the Wonder Boys’ seventh consecutive conference series win, they still sit in fourth place in the GAC Baseball standings. Tech returns home next week when they take on the Boil Weevils of Arkansas Monticello for a three game conference series at Tech field.