The Jay Bulldogs met the Vinita Hornets in Jay on Friday, March 8.

The first four innings looked as though the Hornet were going to sting the Bulldogs, but it was not to be, as the Bulldogs went on a tear in the bottom of the fifth.

The Hornets led off the first inning with a pop fly that was caught.

The next hitter was walked by Kobe Sixkiller #26, the Bulldogs lead off pitcher.

The next batter got a single, with Vinita having a runner on first and second.

The next batter up hit a double, allowing the two runners to score.

After another single and then two strike outs, the Bulldogs sent the Hornets out to the field.

Short stop Jett Gibe #2 led off by striking out, then center fielder Steen Lane #23 was thrown out at first, as was first baseman Kaden Budder #5, leaving the first inning with Vinita 2 and Jay 0.

In the second inning, Sixkiller held the Hornets to a walk, but no runs.

The Bulldogs took the bats and began to make some things happen.

Center fielder Cole Oswalt #15 struck out, Sixkiller was walked where Colin Sixkiller #4 filled in as pinch runner and then he subsequently stole second base.

Third baseman Tristan Dill #8 was walked and left fielder Gage Bishop #17 was ble to get to first base on a fly ball, loading the bases.

Unfortunately, Kaden Kingfisher #9 and right fielder Brody Winfield #7 struck out leaving all the runners stranded on base.

Second inning ended with the Hornets 2, Bulldogs 0.

The third inning brought both teams with three-and-out results, leaving the score with no change for the third inning.

The fourth inning got interesting as the first batter was walked by Sixkiller and the next batter hit a double, the the third batter walked, but was thrown out at second on the next play.

Coach Mike Moore called time out and brought Kash Coble #1 to replace Sixkiller on the mound.

While the Bulldogs attempted a double play, they threw one player out, but one player scored.

The next batter for Vinita was thrown out at first, so the Hornets went back to the field.

Oswalt hit a fly that was caught, and two more strike outs ended the fourth inning with Vinita 3, Jay 0.

The Hornets had trouble adjusting to Coble' pitching, though they got two walks, they had three batters strike out and no runs added.

As Jay came up to the plate, their bats got smoking hot with Kingfisher leading off with a double, then Coble was walked, followed by a bunt by Gibe, bringing in their first run.

Lane followed with his bunt, then Budder hit a double bringing in a run, with Oswalt not to be outdone, hit his triple adding three more runs.

Sixkiller hit another single and Dill's triple brought in run number six and seven.

Bishop got to third base on his single hit by committing two steals, then Kingfisher hit a double to bring in Bishop for run number 8.

Gibe was walked and Lane hit a single, moving Gibe to second and allowed Kingfisher to make it home for run #9.

Budder hit a fly ball that was caught bringing the fifth inning to an end with Vinita 3, Jay 9.

As the sixth inning began, Moore brought in Bishop to pitch and he pitched three up and three down.

The Bulldogs came back up to bat with Oswalt getting single, then Sixkiller did a sacrifice bunt to move Oswalt around.

Dill got a single, but was forced out second as Bishop hit a single, allowing Oswalt to make it home.

Bishop was able to steal second and third bases, but was stranded as Winfield struck out, closing out the sixth inning; Hornets 3, Bulldogs 10.

Vinita couldn't get anything going in the seventh inning and the game was called as the Bulldogs took all the sting out of the Hornets.

Though the Bulldogs are a young team coming into the season, Moore "is optimistic about the season."

Their next match up at home against Gentry was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 12, weather permitting. No decision about the game had been made as of press time.   

Gentry was beat by the Kansas Comets, 5 to 0, on March 8.