The Woodward News

April 28, 2013

Clinton defeats Boomers for district title

Johnny McMahan
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — CLINTON – The host Red Tornadoes ended the Boomers baseball season in the Class 4A district tournament here Friday afternoon.

Clinton used a pair of big innings to rout the Boomers 13-0 and knock Woodward out of the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The teams split a pair of games on Thursday, setting up the district title game on Friday.

This one was all Clinton.

After scoring a run in the first inning, the Tornadoes plated 4 more in the second to open up a 5-0 lead. It stayed that way until an 8-run outburst in the sixth inning gave the Tornadoes the run-rule. The Boomers had 3 of their 5 errors in that sixth inning.

Woodward wasn't able to get much of anything going offensively until the fifth when Jake Hughes and Trevyn DeLong walked with one out. They advanced to second and third before a ground ball ended the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Garrett Hines and Francisco Alvarez singled with one out but  a ground ball and strikeout ended the game.

DeLong had the Boomers only other hit, a third-inning single.

Hughes started on the mound and took the loss. He was relieved by Hines in the first inning. Hines pitched into the sixth with Troy Reddoch coming on to finish the game.

The Boomers end the season 16-14.

On Thursday, the teams split games as the Boomers rallied with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win the opener 5-4 and Clinton took the second game 11-4.

In game one, Clinton scored an unearned run in the top of the 9th inning to take a 5-4 lead and appeared ready to close out the game by retiring the Boomers first 2 hitters in the bottom half.

But Hughes got things going with a single, then Kade Marlatt singled. Lane Reazin singled to bring in Hughes with the tying run and Garrett Owen delivered the game-winning hit to score Marlatt.

Hines, who came in to start the 9th inning, got the win.

Alvarez pitched the first 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 14.

The Boomers took an early 3-0 lead.

In the first inning, Garrett Owen was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Hines.

Two more runs in the second inning made it 3-0.

Reazin reached on an error with one out and scored on a  double by Garrett Owen. Gage Owen then hit an RBI single.

That was the Boomer offense until the 9th inning rally.

Clinton tied the game with 3 runs in the fourth inning. The Tornadoes only other major threat came in the 8th before Alvarez ended the inning with a strikeout.

Clinton took control of the second game early.

The Tornadoes scored 9 runs in the first 3 innings and controlled the game.

Clinton had 11 hits but also took advantage of 6 Boomer errors. Only 5 of the Tornadoes 11 runs were earned.

Kyler Ferguson pitched 4 innings and took the loss. Gage Owen worked the final 3 frames.

Offensively, Alvarez had a pair of hits and drove in a run and DeLong and Garrett Owen had RBI hits for the Boomers.