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May 1, 2014

Buffs miss chance against Tigers

McALESTER — A win Tuesday would’ve guaranteed a home regional baseball tournament for the McAlester Buffaloes.

Instead, the Coweta Tigers came to Mike Deak Field and completely outplayed the Buffs.

The Tigers banged out 13 hits and took advantage of seven McAlester errors, beating the Buffs 10-4 on Tuesday.

“Coweta came ready to play, and we didn’t have the fire, what we needed to put ourselves in a position to win a district championship or to possibly even host a home regional,” Buffs coach Justin Bond said. “We just didn’t get it done tonight.”

Though McAlester still led District 5A-3 with an 11-2 record after the game, a Shawnee win today against Coweta would put the Wolves in first place. Shawnee plays third-ranked Pryor on Friday, and the Buffs play Shawnee on Saturday in what could decide both the district title and the two teams who’ll host Regionals.

The Tigers got terrific production out of the bottom third of their lineup Tuesday. The seven- through nine-hole hitters of Tanner Kennon, Carter Gunter, Scotty Grant and pinch-hitter JT Goodfellow combined to hit 6-for-11 with four runs batted in, six runs scored and two stolen bases.

Kennon beat out an infield single with two outs in the top of the fourth inning, then quickly stole second base. His second-inning steal resulted in two McAlester errors on the same play, allowing Kennon to score and put the Tigers up 1-0 when center fielder Andrew McBride misplayed a throw from home plate and allowed it to roll behind him towards the wall.

Following Kennon’s fourth-inning steal, Gunter singled into center field to drive in Kennon. Buffs pitcher Mason Ross walked nine-hole hitter Grant on four pitches, then Jake Northern drilled one into center field to drive in Gunter and Scott for a 4-1 lead the Tigers never relinquished.

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