STUART — Both the Canadian Cougars and Haileyville Warriors scored early against the Stuart Hornets, but every time an opponent scored the Hornets had an answer.
Once Stuart’s pitchers found their grooves, opposing scoring stopped while the Hornets’ kept on going.
The Hornets scored in every inning of both games Tuesday, run-ruling the Cougars 11-3 and the Warriors 10-2 on Tuesday in Stuart.
With the wins, Stuart became the Pitt 8 conference champion, going 7-0 in conference play this season.
“We set out to win the conference and the conference tournament,” Hornets coach Jon Booth said. “We didn’t get (the tournament) done, so we put a lot of focus into trying to win the regular-season conference.”
Stuart improved to 16-10 with its wins. Canadian fell to 9-11 and Haileyville fell to 3-11.
Hornets 11, Cougars 3:
The Hornets looked unfocused early in their first game Tuesday, falling behind 1-0 on an RBI sacrifice bunt by Chance Tanner in the top of the first inning and then 2-1 on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Owens in the second. But Traynor Blasengame bunted his way to first with one out in the bottom of the second, then stole second.
“I just think our heads weren’t in it when we first came out,” Booth said. “I’d say the rain out yesterday, not getting to play, not doing our regular hitting, coming off a long holiday weekend. Not to make excuses, but ... we were a little bit sluggish.”
Canadian starting pitcher Hayden Hopper struck out Eric Justice in the second, but Zayne Goode lined one towards Chase Shearwood at shortstop. Shearwood tried to grab the ball just above his left shoe, but the ball popped out of his glove.
Knowing he didn’t have enough time to throw out Goode at first, Shearwood instead threw home. Blasengame beat the throw to tie the game 2-2.