Barnsdall baseball falls in regional

Mike Tupa

Road woes brought down the curtain on a superb baseball campaign by the Barnsdall High School Panthers.

The talented and athletic Panthers went two-and-out at the Class A regional in Roff — 6-2 to Ripley and 10-6 to Vanoss — to end their season at 20-11.

Going into the regional, they had recorded four-straight wins while outscoring their opponents 37-9.

In the regional opener, Ripley slowly built a 4-0 lead and withstood a last-inning rally by Barnsdall.

Pitcher Robbie Hall proved to be Ripley’s MVP — he clamped down the potent Panther offense to just three hits and a handful of baserunners. Hall also rang up 12 strikeouts.

Joseph Cole doubled and scored to lead the Barnsdall attack. His older brother James walked and also scored.

Wesley Yarber and Keegan Marin each contributed a single, the latter boasting Barnsdall’s only RBI of the game.

Michael Marin and Yarber both pitched solidly for Barnsdall. Marin hurled the first six innings and allowed just five hits and two earned runs, while striking out 11 batters.

Yarber pitched the last inning, scattering two hits and two walks and giving up one earned run.

The loss dropped Barnsdall to the loser’s bracket to face Vanoss.

A big fourth inning (six runs) proved to be the difference in Vanoss’ 10-6 win.

Barnsdall made a valiant last-ditch comeback try, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to try to preserve its season.

James Cole and Reese Robbins each clobbered doubles for Barnsdall, while Keegan Marin and Braden Kelley delivered two hits apiece.

Yarber, Keegan Marin and Robbins drove in one run apiece.

Joseph Cole and Kelley took turns pitching for Barnsdall, which is coached by Wade Corder.

Cole worked three innings and suffered the loss despite four Ks. Kelley turned in three scoreless innings in relief while striking out four batters.