Perkins-Tryon senior Tanner Bridenstine fouls off a bunt attempt during Saturday afternoon’s elimination game of the Class 3A regional baseball tournament with the Pawhuska Huskies at Owasso High School. The game was moved from Verdigris because of heavy rains that moved through that part of the state after fi rst round action Friday. The Demons eventually lost to regional champion Verdigris in the championship round later in the day.
Perkins-Tryon catcher Alex Dougan gets ready to catch a pitch during Friday’s semifinals game with Verdigris at Ver-digris in first day action of the Class 3A regional baseball tournament. The Cardinals won the game 11-5 then beat the Demons in the championship game Saturday to advance to the state tournament.
By Rick Lomenick
OWASSO - Perkins-Tryon reached the championship round of its Class 3A regional baseball tournament Saturday but dropped an 8-2 decision to the Verdigris Cardinals at Owasso High School.
The site was changed after heavy rains soaked the Verdigris area after Friday's slate of games. Verdigris officials first moved the tournament to Claremore Saturday morn-ing but later moved it to Owasso to take advantage of the artifi cial turf infi eld.
A brief shower fell during the Demons' elimination game with Pawhuska to begin Saturday's slate but it didn't delay the game. P-T rolled to a 15-3 decision over the Huskies.
It was the second time P-T played the top-ranked Cardinals. This time, the Demons would have to beat Verdigris twice to reach this week's state tournament.
P-T stayed close to the Cardinals trailing 3-1 after three innings. P-T's run in the top of the second inning forged a 1-1 tie when Brady
Davis reached on a leadoff double. It was followed by a two-bagger by Alex Dougan that scored Davis.
The Demons pulled to within a run in the top of the fourth when Davis reached on a two-base error then later advanced to third on a single by Alex Dougan. Davis scored when he stole home while courtesy runner Zeke Dougan was caught in a run down for the second out. But that would be as close as the Demons would stay.
Verdigris responded with three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth for the 8-2 final score.
Davis and Alex Dougan each had two hits to lead P-T at the plate. Tanner Bane was the losing pitcher in just over four innings of work.
P-T moved into the championship round with a 15-3 win over Pawhuska in an elimination game.
The Huskies led briefly 1-0 after two innings before the Demons took the lead for good with an eight-run explosion in the top of the third inning. P-T sent 14 batters to the plate and used five hits and five hit by pitches to notch the runs.
Matt Waitt and Dillon Longbrake each had two singles while Tanner Bridenstine was hit by pitches twice. For the game, Bridenstine was pegged three time by Pawhuska pitching.
The game was put out of reach in the top of the fifth with a seven-run outburst. Longbrake used a two-run double to spark the rally and Bane added an RBI single to help end the game by run rule.
Longbrake finished with a 3-for-4 hitting performance with four RBIs and three runs score. He was also the winning pitcher in relief of Waitt in the first inning.
In semifinals action Friday night, Verdigris took advantage of five P-T errors to coast to gain an 11-5 win.
The miscues enabled the Cardinals to score runs or continue innings. Five of the runs were unearned.
After falling behind 7-0, the Demons got the offense going with three runs on only two hits. P-T also took advantage of control problems by Verdigris pitching with a couple of walks and a hit by pitch given up.
Longbrake led off with a single then went to second when Waitt earned a walk. Bridenstine was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Longbrake scored the first run when Shelby Reese earned the second walk. Tanner Bane clubbed a single to left field that plated Waitt and Bridenstine for a 7-3 score.
P-T pulled to within two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Bridenstine reached on a walk and Reese singled to left field. Both advanced on a wild pitch before Bane stroked a two-run single that scored the pair to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Verdigris countered with a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh for the win.
Bane led P-T at the plate with a 2-for-3 outing that included a walk and four RBIs.
Austin Nietenhoefer was the losing pitcher after he gave up the three first inning runs. He was the first of four pitchers used by the Demons.
The Demons opened the tournament with a 9-4 win over Pawhuska last Friday. While P-T never trailed, a late rally was needed to put the first round game away.
P-T took the lead for good in the top of the fourth inning. Bridenstine led off with a double then went to third when Shelby Reese reached on an error. Bane stroked a fly ball to center field that easily scored Bridenstine. From there, the Demons plated an additional run in the sixth frame then put the game away with three more in the seventh.
The Demons took a solid lead early with three runs in the top of the first capped by a two-out bloop single from Alex Dougan to score Waitt and Bane. Brady Davis added the third run when he scored after Ryan Richards was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Another run was added in the second when Waitt led off with a single then stole second base. Bridenstine walked and Reese was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Waitt later scored on a wild pitch.
Pawhuska scored a single run in the bottom of the first then added three more in the third that tied the score at 4-4 before P-T would take over offensively.
Waitt, Bane, and Alex Dougan each stroked a pair of hits each for P-T.
Bane was the winning pitcher in three innings of work. He was relieved by Longbrake to start the bottom of the fourth with P-T leading 5-4. Longbrake would earn his second save of the season.
Verdigris 8, P-T 2 P-T 010 100 0 - 2 5 3 VHS 111 032 x - 8 10 1 P-T: Tanner Bane, Matt Waitt (5th) and Alex Dougan. VHS: Owens and Keizor. W - Owens. L - Bane (7-5). P-T 15, Pawhuska 3 P-T 008 07 - 15 11 3 PHS 101 00 - 3 3 3 P-T: Matt Waitt, Dillon Longbrake (1st) and Alex Dougan. Oyster, Moody (2nd), Oller (5th) and Wilson. W - Longbrake (2-2). L -- Oyster Verdigris 11, P-T 5 VHS 313 001 3 - 11 9 0 P-T 003 020 0 - 5 6 5 VHS: Hammack and Keizor. P-T: Austin Nietenhoefer , Dillon Longbrake (1st), Zeke Dougan (2nd), Shelby Reese (2nd) and Alex Dougan. W - Hammack. L - Nietenhoefer (3-4). P-T 9, Pawhuska 4 P-T 310 101 3 - 9 9 2 PHS 103 000 0 - 4 5 2 P-T: Tanner Bane, Dillon Longbrake (4th) and Alex Dougan. PHS: Z. Wilson, Oller (2nd), Moody (7th) and Edwards. W - Bane (7-3). L - Oller. S - Longbrake (2).