The Vinita Hornets defeated the Jay Bulldogs 17-4 in Summer League play at Trolinger-Haggard Field Tuesday night.
The Hornets were always going to be a difficult test for the young Jay summer team. Matters were compounded by the absence of Jay’s Shambaugh brothers, who are at a baseball clinic in Arizona this week.
On top of that the Vinita team was comprised mainly of graduates and incoming seniors as opposed to the Bulldogs who are made up mostly of incoming freshman and other underclassmen.
Still, as Louis L’Amour might have said, the Bulldogs were “game” Tuesday night and never gave up the fight. The youngsters played as hard in the bottom of the seventh as they did at the top of the first.
Seth Hudson started the game on the mound for the Bulldogs and he was one of four Jay pitchers to feature on the evening. Hudson began his 3.2 inning tour with a strikeout of Eric Brixey.
Billy Carter reached base on a single but brother Adam was caught out by a nice grab from Jay left fielder Matt Henderson.
Michael Prusator then hit a single to deliver Billy Carter home for the first Vinita run of the night.
The Hornets placed solitary runs in the second and third innings before Jay took advantage of a Travis Corporon hit and four consecutive walks by Vinita starting pitcher Adam Carter to close the gap to 3-2 going into the fourth inning.
In the fourth Vinita produced four hits, including a double by Brixey, and four runs to go up 7-2.
In the fifth inning Bulldog pitcher Jesse Scott delivered two strikeouts to fuel a three and out defensive side for Jay.
In the bottom of the frame Gage Foreman, who went 3 for 3 on the night, hit a double and Scott followed with a single. Sacrafice hits, one from Henderson, sent both Jay players across the plate to make it a 7-4 ball game.
The Hornets answered in the fifth with four runs, with Billy Carter providing a double. The Bulldogs hurt themselves with two errors in the side that helped to keep the Vinita run alive.
The seventh inning saw more Hornet offensive firepower. Vinita put up six hits, including another double by Brixey to couple one by Prusator and a triple by Corey Hext, to drive the score to the final.