Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

GROVE – After finding some early success via the home run, the Jay Bulldogs could not solve Oologah pitcher Josh Collier. The right-hander kept the Bulldogs scoreless for the final six innings of the game and the Mustangs broke open a tie game in the ninth inning to claim third place at the Grand Lake Baseball Classic with an 8-3 victory. After falling behind early, Jay scored three runs on two homers to take a 3-2 lead after three innings.Jay starter Kellen Brown kept the Bulldogs in front for two more innings, but the Mustangs (14-8) scratched out a run in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three. The game would eventually go into extra innings before the Mustangs broke through with a five-run ninth inning, loading the bases with a bloop single and two hit batsmen. A fielder’s choice gave the Mustangs the lead for good, and three singles and a pair of wild pitches allowed Oologah to add four more runs. After giving up a run in each of the first two innings, Brown settled down for three consecutive scoreless innings. Brown would then get some support from an unlikely source, as Matt Henderson, batting out of the eight spot in the lineup, hit a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the second to tie the score at two. Jay would take the lead in the next inning when J.J. Meeker hit a solo home run to left to make it 3-2. But the Bulldogs would not muster another hit for the rest of the game, and the Mustangs would finally tie the contest in the sixth. Zach Cantwell would lead off with a single for the Mustangs, advancing to second on an infield groundout. Cantwell would then advance to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Dalton Barnes. Jay (12-10) would have its best chance to win the game in the bottom of the eighth. Corey Steifel would reach base after his fly ball to right field was dropped, then advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt by Collier. Ty Moore would then move Steifel to third with a bunt. Unfotunately, Meeker and Ty Kay could not find a way to get Steifel home, and the Mustangs would take advantage of their second life in their next at-bat.