STUART — Between a come-from-behind rally and a run-rule blowout in which just about everyone got to bat, the McAlester Buffaloes will head into today’s summer league postseason tournament with about as much momentum as they could possibly want.
McAlester beat both Allen and Moss on Tuesday in Stuart, finishing its summer league regular season with a pair of wins.
McAlester 5, Allen 4
After a spring high school season in which several times the Buffs came up short in crucial late-game situations, Tuesday’s game may be the first sign that the 2014-15 Buffs are moving away from that trend.
Down to their final out, a Buffs squad of mainly underclassmen successfully rallied for a comeback win.
“That’s kind of the thing that we’re after right now, is getting better, but we’re wanting them to win,” Buffs coach Trent Homer said. “We want them to know what it feels, like because winning’s contagious. And on the bad side of that, losing’s contagious.”
Coming in as a reliever to start the bottom of the fourth, Allen pitcher Colton Frederick dominated the Buffs through 3 2/3 innings, giving up just a one-out walk in the sixth. But Kabyn Kelley beat out a two-out infield single with Allen up 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh, then Chase Hass grounded one towards Nick Wallen at third.
Wallen fielded it in time to throw out Hass and end the game, but Wallen’s throw pulled first baseman Thirkiel Wedlow off the bag, allowing Hass to reach and move Kelley to second.
That error proved deadly for the Mustangs, as Dylan Stobaugh followed Hass with a hard-hit double into left-center that drove in Kelley, cut the lead to 4-3 and put two runners in scoring position. Ryan Kelley, who’d pinch-hit for Jett Wood in the sixth, then stepped to the plate for the Buffs.