McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Breaking News

May 8, 2014

Chargers knock out Buffs at Regionals

McALESTER — Plenty of baseball games have been lost due to defensive errors.

In McAlester’s case, errors not only cost the Buffs a win, but the season as well.

Tulsa-Memorial mounted two comebacks thanks to three McAlester errors, then Trevor Boone hit a walk-off home run to give the Chargers a 5-4 extra-innings win against the Buffs in Thursday’s regional consolation final at Mike Deak Field in McAlester.

The loss eliminated the Buffs from the postseason. The Chargers played Durant in the regional championship later Thursday evening.

“Our Achilles heel: defense,” Buffs coach Justin Bond said. “You just hope that the kids come through with these bigtime games and bigtime plays.”

McAlester had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth, with Zach Baugh beating out an infield single to lead off in the inning for his third hit of the game. Baugh scored three batters later when Mason Ross doubled down the right field line, then Brett Homer singled past a diving Michael Smith at shortstop to drive in Ross for a 4-3 Buffs lead.

Buffs starting pitcher Dalton Wood held the Chargers scoreless in the bottom of the fifth and got the first out of the sixth, but Boone then reached on an infield single. A wild pitch moved Boone to second, then Matt Garroutte grounded one right at Taylor Mullins at shortstop.

Mullins fielded the ball with plenty of time to throw to first, but his throw bounced in the dirt in front of first baseman Grant Sontag. Sontag saved several bad throws with picks off the dirt during the game, but this one was just too poor a throw, and the ball bounced past Sontag into foul territory.

Boone scored on the error to tie the game 4-4. The error looked especially costly one batter later, when Wood got Adam Keller to pop out to Chad Meadows at second and Meadows then through out Garroutte trying to run back to first for an inning-ending double play.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Breaking News
Seasonal Content
AP Video
13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp
NDN Video
Big Weekend For Atlanta Braves In Cooperstown - @TheBuzzeronFox Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director What's Got Jack Black Freaking Out at Comic-Con? Doctors Remove 232 Teeth From Teen's Mouth Bradley Cooper Explains His Voice in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.