SHAWNEE—The Shawnee Wolves dug themselves too big of a hole to climb out of Monday night as they dropped a 10-5 decision to the Bixby Spartans.
'We just gave them too many opportunities,” said Shawnee head coach Kevin Paxson. “A good team like that will eventually get the big hit that will cost you.”
Bixby did just that as they scored four runs in the second and four more in the third to go up 8-0 after two and a half innings of play.
In the top of the second, the Spartans took advantage of two Shawnee miscues, scoring the four runs on just two hits.
Freshman Morgan Lunceford started for the Wolves but was chased out by the Spartans after 2.2 inning pitched. Of the eight runs he gave up, only three were earned. Bixby scored the four runs in the third on five hits, but it could have been much worse.
Lunceford was replaced by Brandon Eropkin in the third as he came into the game with two out and the bases loaded. Eropkin gave up a bases loaded walk, but then struck out Jake Bennett to end the threat.
Shawnee finally got on the board with two runs in the third, another in the fourth and cut the eight run deficit to just four after two more plated in the fifth.
Kade Self did the damage in the bottom of the third for the Wolves. The right-handed senior blasted a stand up triple down the right field line, scoring Creed Killgore who led off the inning with a walk and Scout Cawvey that had singled to right. The two run triple cut the lead to 8-2 after three innings.
The Wolves got another run in the fourth as Carson Payne scored on a Killgore RBI single. Payne moved to third on Bixby's lone miscue of the game, an error by the left fielder trying to scoop up Payne's single.
Bixby scored a lone run in the fifth to increase their lead to 9-3, but Shawnee answered with two more runs in the fifth on a two-run triple to right center field by Jay Easley. That shot scored Austin Wood who had singled and Self who was given a free pass. Bixby led 9-5 after five innings of play.
The two squads went scoreless in the sixth. Bixby scored their final run in the top of the seventh and Shawnee went down 1-2-3 in their last at bat.
Self and Easley each went 1-for-3 with 2-RBI triples. Scout Cawvey went 2-for-4.
The Wolves drop to 11-10 on the year and will get another shot at Bixby, today at 6 pm.