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March 12, 2014

Buffs sweep Eagles doubleheader

McALESTER — If Tuesday’s games showed anything about the 2014 McAlester Buffaloes, it’s this:

They can hit.

The Buffs belted out 20 hits, with all nine starters getting at least one, sweeping a doubleheader against the Edison Eagles, 12-2 and 9-0, Tuesday at Mike Deak Field in McAlester.

“We’ve really been swinging the bats pretty well,” Buffs coach Justin Bond said. “As long as we can pitch it and play defense, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

The Buffs are now 4-0 in district play.

Buffs 12, Eagles 2 (five innings):

Bond said baseball games often come down to a couple of key moments, but “you don’t know when those plays are going to happen, so you have to be ready every pitch, every at-bat.”

For the Buffs, the biggest moment of the first game came with the bases loaded in the bottom of the third. The Eagles led 2-1, and Eagles starter Kenny Smith had just gotten Mason Ross to line out softly to the shortstop.

Had Smith then gotten Grant Sontag to hit a grounder, the Eagles might’ve turned a double play and ended the inning. Instead, Sontag laced a shot up the middle, scoring two and getting Brandon Green to third base.

The play seemed to shake Smith’s confidence on the mound, as he then threw eight consecutive balls, walking Zach Baugh to load the bases and then walking Chad Meadows to score a run.

Andrew McBride then cracked a 3-1 pitch past a diving Kyle Sherrill at shortstop, scoring two more runs to make it 6-2 Buffs and ending Smith’s day on the mound.

“This was Kenny’s first start of the year,” Edison coach Jason Smith said of his starting pitcher. “He came out pretty nervous the first inning, and he was kind of that same way in our scrimmages. He’d calm down eventually in the scrimmages, but we just couldn’t get him to relax to start this time.”

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