OKMULGEE — Both the Crowder Demons and Kellyville Ponies put more than 10 runners on base, and both teams managed just three hits with runners in scoring position.
But the Ponies committed a couple of errors that led to unearned Demons runs, and that meant the difference between winning and losing.
Stoney Ragan had two hits and got on base three times, leading the Demons to a 5-2 win against the Ponies on Friday at the Preston Festival in Okmulgee.
“We’ve played good defense all year, and pitching’s been good all year,” Demons coach Larry Tucker said.
“We’ve hit the ball well; when we do square one up, it’s usually right at somebody. Those will start falling one of these days.”
Crowder jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the game, scoring more in the first two innings than Kellyville would the entire game. Hunter Motley led off the bottom of the first with a walk, took second on a sacrifice groundout and third on a passed ball.
Three-hole hitter Austin Weeks walked and stole second base, then Motley came home when his brother Josh Motley hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
Weeks went to third on the same play, then scored on a passed ball to put the Demons up 3-0.
Demons starting pitcher Erik Crenshaw committed his team’s only error in the top of the second, but the Ponies still went scoreless, and Crowder scored again in the bottom of the second. Dakota McDougal walked three batters in a row — Bryce Tucker was thrown out trying to steal third — then gave up a single to nine-hole hitter Tanner Rogers.
Hunter Motley made it 3-0 Demons with a line drive into center field. Rogers had to wait to see if the ball would be caught, giving center fielder Jon Waggoner enough time to throw Rogers out at second.