Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

JAY – It took a little while to get going, but once they got their bats warmed up their bats, there was no stopping the Jay Bulldogs as they won two games in pool play at the Grand Lake Baseball Classic on Friday. The Bulldogs used a nine-run third inning to run-rule Drumright 9-1 before defeating Pawhuska 11-5 to claim second place in Pool B. With the wins, the Bulldogs advanced to today’s third place game at 3 p.m. in Grove. Trailing 1-0 against Drumright in the bottom of the third inning, Jay sent 13 men to the plate, collecting seven hits and scoring nine runs to put away the Tornadoes. Corey Steifel and Ty Moore led off the inning with a single and walk, respectively, before Kyle Shambaugh delivered the big blow, a two-run single to give Jay its first lead of the day. With runs on the board, the Bulldogs seemed to become more relaxed, as J.J. Meeker and Ty Kay followed with two more hits, the second scoring Shambaugh for a 3-1 advantage. Consecutive RBI ground outs to first base by Tyler Buss and Matt Henderson made it 5-1. Kellen Brown then followed with a double and was driven home by a Garrett Mack single. Steifel followed with another single and Moore was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A fly ball to right field by Shambaugh was dropped by the Drumright outfielder, allowing two more runs to score before the inning came to an end. Moore then proceeded to pitch two more perfect innings and the game ended by run rule after the top of the fifth. In their second game the Bulldogs put away the Huskies to finish second on their pool behind Catoosa, who beat Jay 5-4 on Thursday. The Bulldogs will take on either Claremore Sequoyah or Oologah in today’s third place game.