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June 11, 2014

Jr. Sunbelt Classic, Day 5

Texas' Patel throws no hitter; Okla. Gold beats Blue

(Continued)

McALESTER —

Blue second baseman Paul Kropf couldn’t handle Austin Simpson’s grounder, leading to a run on the error.

“For this tournament, we have done well when we’ve scored early,” Coach Littlejim said. “We scored early today. We scored early against Arizona and Mississippi, whenever we played them. So the key for us has been getting on top and playing with the lead. We haven’t done well whenever we’ve been behind.”

McAlester’s Zach Baugh had two singles for Gold, as did Norton, the two players accounting for four of Gold’s six total hits. For Blue, Doherty and Mason Hightower both hit doubles, and Wood beat out an infield single in the bottom of the first.

“His breaking ball was, I mean, about average,” Baugh said of Seward. “I could see it out of his hands, and it wasn’t above-average, so I just took advantage of it. It’s Oklahoma Blue. It’s our rivals, so we always have to scrap and fight.”

Seward took the loss, giving up three runs — two earned — on six hits, three walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings.

One pitch from Ramirez hit Hightower in the helmet and ricocheted off Hightower’s nose in the bottom of the sixth. Hightower immediately left the game and later left the field to seek what Collins called “precautionary” medical attention.

All Day 5 scores:

• At Eastern Oklahoma State College, Wilburton:

Georgia 6, Arizona 3

Tennessee 7, Arizona 2

Georgia 8, Oklahoma Blue 0

Tennessee 6, Colorado 3

Mississippi 7, Missouri 5

• At Mike Deak Field, McAlester:

Colorado 10, Oklahoma Blue 1

Mississippi 12, Canada 3

Texas 5, Colorado 0

Missouri 13, Oklahoma Gold 8 (8 innings)

Texas 9, Canada 0 (5 innings)

Oklahoma Gold 3, Oklahoma Blue 2

Current standings (tiebreakers decided by head-to-head wins):

1) Texas 7-0
2) Georgia 6-2
3) Tennessee 5-2
4) Oklahoma Gold 4-3
5) Mississippi 4-3
6) Arizona 3-4
7) Colorado 2-5
8) MIssouri 2-5
9) Oklahoma Blue 2-6
10) Canada 1-6

Contact Matt Goisman at mgoisman@mcalesternews.com.

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