The Edmond Sun
OKLAHOMA CITY —
The Edmond Memorial Bulldogs took a doubleheader from Putnam City West on the Patriots’ field Monday evening.
The Bulldogs made short work of PC West in the first game. The ’Dogs scored two runs in the second inning, three in the third, and put up five runs in the fifth inning to bring the contest to an early end.
Memorial starter Parker Rigler set the tone when he struck out the side in the first inning, then whiffed two in the second.
The Bulldog bats got going in the second when Garett Hill and Steven Jones walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Cody Ebert’s line-drive double to left field, and Memorial led 2-0.
The third inning started with two consecutive singles for the Patriots, but the Bulldogs put an abrupt end to that rally when Memorial catcher Colin Simpson and shortstop Garett Hill picked off the leadoff runner at second base, then caught the runner from first on a steal attempt.
The Memorial offense got hot in the third inning when Simpson tripled to right, scoring leadoff man Jack Hale. Simpson then scored on a sacrifice by Wade Hanska. The Bulldogs exploited a PC West defensive miscue when Cole Caldwell reached on a shortstop error and later scored on an error by the third baseman. The Bulldogs led 5-0 after three.
Rigler struck out three of the next six batters and the score held at 5-0 heading into the fifth.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases when Caldwell doubled and both Jones and Hill walked, and a single by Ebert scored two to put Memorial up 7-0. Matt Bruner singled to score Jones, and when Hunter Schellhardt walked, the bags were covered for the second time in the inning. Consecutive singles by Hale and Simpson scored Ebert and Bruner to give the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead and the run-rule win.
Ebert’s four RBIs paced Memorial, which got a pair of runs apiece from Caldwell, Hill and Jones.
Rigler struck out nine over five innings, allowing only two hits and no walks.
Memorial 8, Putnam City West 3
The Bulldogs were in an 0-3 hole in the late game Monday, before storming back with five runs in the third inning and tacking on three more in the sixth to take the 8-3 win against Putnam City West.
In the Memorial third, two straight walks and a single set things up for Colin Simpson, who drove in Matt Bruner, Hunter Schellhardt and Jack Hale with a triple to right field. Wade Hanska singled to score Simpson, and two batters later, Evan Nicklas hit a sacrifice fly to score the courtesy runner and stake the Bulldogs to a 5-3 lead.
That score stood until the sixth, when Hanska singled to score Hale and Simpson, and then scored himself on a Reece Garvie hit.
Simpson put up three RBIs and two runs; Hanska had three RBIs and a run; Hale was 3-for-3 with a pair of runs.
Cody Ebert got the win for Memorial; he struck out four, walked two and allowed six hits and three runs, one earned, in four innings.
Garett Hill came on in relief and struck out seven in three innings of work, allowing not hits, runs or walks.
The Bulldogs stand at 8-7 and will face Enid at home at 6 p.m. Thursday.