MUSKOGEE – An 11-run first inning by the host Hornets was too much for the Jay Bulldogs to overcome as they fell 22-11 Saturday afternoon.
The Hornets (9-12) sent 15 batters to the plate in the opening frame, pounding out 10 hits and taking advantage of a pair of Bulldog errors. At one point Hilldale had four straight singles before Dylan Farley capped the scoring outburst with a three-run home run to left field.
The Bulldogs (13-11) scored three of their own in the top of the inning, including an RBI double from designated hitter Kyle Shambaugh, the first of two run-scoring doubles he would have on the day.
Jay also got a big day at the plate from Ty Kay, who hit a two-run home run in the top of the third that cut Hilldale’s lead to 14-7 . Kay would add an RBI single in the fourth inning.
But despite getting eight hits of their own along with six walks, Jay could not get any closer than six after the first inning. Hilldale would score four runs each in the third and fourth innings, eventually ending the game by run rule after the top of the fifth.
In addition to Shambaugh and Kay, Ty Moore also had two hits for the Bulldogs, scoring twice and driving in a run with a ground out in the second inning.
The Bulldogs also found out who their opponent will be in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs, as district assignments were released by the OSSAA last week. Jay will host conference foe Vinita in the best-of-three series, which will be held next week at a date and time to be determined. Jay has beaten Vinita three times this season, including a 10-4 decision on April 12.
Jay will next be in action on Friday and Saturday as they play in the Fort Gibson tournament.