District and bi-district tournaments start this week
Sallisaw tops Muldrow in final 4A-8 games
District and bi-district tournaments for Sallisaw, Muldrow, Roland, Vian and Central are scheduled to get underway this week.
Sallisaw, which placed fourth in District 4A-8, will host Jay at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday in its first two bi-district tournament games and the if-necessary contest of the double-elimination tournament would be played on Friday.
Muldrow, which finished seventh in 4A-8, will play Oologah-Talala at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in Rogers County. The if-necessary game would be played Friday.
Roland, the seventh-place team in 3A-7, goes to Atoka (1 and 3:30 p.m.) Thursday for its bi-district tournament, and the if-necessary game is scheduled for Friday.
Class 2A teams Vian and Central will host district tournaments this week.
Vian takes on Nowata (1 and 3:30 p.m.) in its double-elimination district tournament with the if-necessary game scheduled for Friday.
Central’s district tournament against Canadian was scheduled to begin Tuesday but inclement weather washed out the start of the tourney. Weather permitting the tournament will be played Wednesday (1 and 3:30 p.m.) and the if-necessary contest is slated for Thursday.
Muldrow ended District 4A-8 action Saturday at Sallisaw with a pair of losses to the Black Diamonds.
Sallisaw 7, Muldrow 3
The Black Diamonds wrapped up fourth place in the District 4A-8 standings Saturday with a 7-3 win over the Bulldogs in the first game of the district doubleheader at Sallisaw.
In the bottom of the opening inning Sallisaw’s Luke Pack drew a walk before advancing to second on Creed Nelson’s groundout. One out later Braxton Lamb’s RBI single to left field scored Pack and after stealing second courtesy runner Parker Pratt scored the Black Diamonds’ second run on an errant throw.
Colton Pulliam drew a walk to start the Muldrow second inning before stealing second but a strikeout and a double play ended the at-bat.
The Bulldogs’ Gabe Miller registered an infield single with two outs in top of the third and walks to Wyatt Prewett and Reid Sutton loaded the bases but a groundout ended Muldrow’s scoring threat.
Nelson led off the Sallisaw third with a base hit up the middle before Brock Streun drew a walk and Nelson scored the Black Diamonds’ third run after Streun stole second. Two outs later Broque Oft’s RBI double to deep left field and Charlie Martin’s RBI single to left center field made the score 5-0.
With one out in the top of the fourth Bryson Limore and Will Stratmann reached base for the Bulldogs after being hit by pitches and Cam Matthews’ groundout sent the runners to second and third. After Andrew Prewett drew a walk to load the bases Miller’s two RBI single to right field sliced two runs (5-2) off the deficit.
Brodie Cameron doubled to center field to start the Sallisaw fourth and one out later went to third on Nelson’s groundout but after Streun walked a flyout ended the inning.
Reid Sutton led off the Muldrow fifth with a triple to right field before Jonah Claborn’s RBI base hit sent Sutton home with the Bulldogs’ third run.
Oft doubled to left field and stole third with one out in the bottom of the inning but a flyout and a pick-off play ended the at-bat.
In the top of the sixth Andrew Prewett walked and swiped second with one out but a strikeout and a flyout finished the half inning.
Cole Stephens led off the bottom of the sixth with a bunt single before being erased by a double play. Following back-to-back base hits by Pack and Nelson, Streun’s two RBI single to left field gave a Sallisaw a 7-3 lead.
Muldrow totaled four hits in the contest and Miller (two singles), Sutton (triple) and Claborn (single) had the Bulldogs’ hits.
Sallisaw registered 10 hits and Oft (two doubles), Nelson (two singles), Lamb and Cameron (double apiece) and Martin, Stephens, Streun, Stephens and Pack (single apiece) had the Black Diamonds’ hits.
Muldrow starting pitcher Hayden McKinster (2.0 innings) struck out two and walked four while allowing two hits and in relief Claborn (4.0) struck out three and walked one while giving up eight hits.
Nelson (4.0), Sallisaw’s starting pitcher, struck out three and walked four while allowing three hits in the game and in relief Cameron (3.0) struck out three and walked one while giving up one hit.
Sallisaw won the second game of the doubleheader 8-3.