FORT GIBSON – The Jay Bulldogs handed out one beatdown and absorbed another during a rain-shortened Fort Gibson Baseball Classic on Friday.
The Bulldogs broke open a tight game against Claremore Sequoyah with a five-run fourth and a seven-run seventh in a 13-2 win over the Eagles in their first game of the afternoon.
Game two was a different story, as Sperry’s Shane Bay shut down the Bulldogs over four innings and added a two-run home run in a 7-0 Pirate win that was halted in the fifth inning due to lightening from approaching storms.
Bay struck out nine of the 13 batters he faced in the game, allowing just a pair of singles in the first inning.
Bay also put Sperry in the lead in the top of the first inning, belting the first pitch he saw to straightaway centerfield for a two-run home run in the first inning.
Jay starter JJ Meeker settled down and matched Bay for the next three innings, but a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for the Pirates in the top of the fifth.
Sperry’s Jeremy Barnhardt then hit a towering fly down the left field line that a brisk wind managed to push just inside the foul pole for a grand slam.
Sperry added one more run before the game was halted due to the weather.
Game one was marked by a dominant performance from Jay pitcher Tyler Buss. Buss struck out 14 Sequoyah batters as he allowed just two runs and eight hits in the complete game win.
It took the Bulldog offense a few innings before finally coming to life and insuring that Buss’s effort did not go to waste.
The Eagles took the lead in the first inning with three consecutive one-out singles, the third coming from catcher Derek Hansen that scored Joe Valdez.
Buss would get out of the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, and the Bulldogs would tie the game in the third inning. Corey Steifel’s single to left centerfield brought home Garrett Mack with the tying run.
A single by Ty Moore was followed by Kyle Shambaugh being hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Eagle starter Brent Price got out of the jam with consecutive strikeouts of his own.
The Bulldogs would break the game open in the fourth. After loading the bases, a walk to Kellen Brown brought home the go-ahead run. Steifel then followed with a two-run double to make the score 4-1. After Mack scored on a wild pitch, Shambaugh singled to drive in Steifel and make the score 6-1.
Jay would send 12 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh, taking advantage of a pair of walks and an error along the way to score seven runs.
Shambaugh added two more RBIs with a double, while Mack, Steifel, Moore and Meeker all drove in a run.
Steifel would finish the game with four RBIs on a pair of hits and a pair of walks. Shambaugh added three RBIs on a pair of hits. Moore, Meeker and Matt Henderson all had two hits each.