Woodward, Okla. —
CLINTON - Woodward finished play in the I-40 Baseball Classic with a 3-0 win over Elk City Saturday morning.
Francisco Alvarez tossed his third shutout of the season and struck out 16. He allowed just 2 hits and walked 5.
Woodward pieced together runs in the first, third and fourth innings.
Garrett Hines ripped a 2-out double in the first inning and scored on a single by Troy Reddoch to give the Boomers a 1-0 lead.
In the second, the Boomers made it 2-0 as Kade Marlatt singled and later scored an error.
The final run came in the fourth inning when Marlatt was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on another error.
The Boomers had other chances, leaving 2 runners on in the third inning and then bases loaded in the sixth.
Lane Reazin had a triple in the seventh inning but was stranded.
Alvarez was in control most of the way, striking out a batter in every inning and striking out the side in the fourth and sixth frames.
Elk City put runners on second and third with one out in the fourth before a pair of strikeouts ended thinning.
In the seventh, the Elks advanced a runner to third but he was erased at home plate.
Earlier in the tournament, the Boomers lost 4-0 to Sayre and defeated Cordell 5-3. A four-run sixth inning sparked the Boomers past Cordell as Garrett Hines singled, Alvarez doubled, Kyler Ferguson tripled and Reddoch homered. Ferguson was the winning pitcher.
The Boomers will take an 8-10 record into a busy week as they host Shattuck on Monday at 4:30 p.m., Perryton, Texas on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. then go to the Kingfisher portion of the Piedmont-Kingfisher Tournament. On Thursday, the Boomers face Putnam City West at 12:30 p.m. and Hennessey at 3 p.m. They play Kingfisher at 7 p.m. on Friday and the placement games are Saturday.
Woodward’s softball team, coming off a consolation championship in the Arnett Tournament, also has a busy schedule this week.
The Boomers go to Pioneer on Monday and to Mooreland on Tuesday to play the Bearcats and Fairview. On Thursday, the Boomers go to the 35-team Best of the West Tournament in Weatherford where they will play Hollis at 3:15 p.m.