The Edmond Sun
The state tournament just got a lot closer for the Edmond Memorial baseball team.
The Bulldogs advanced to the Class 6A West regional championship Wednesday afternoon with a pair of wins in the first day of the double-elimination tournament in Yukon.
Memorial ground out a 6-5 win against the Moore Lions in the opener, before stunning No. 2-ranked Yukon on its home field, 7-3.
“That was just two great team wins today,” Memorial coach Kyle Roberts said. “Everyone played their role and gave us hitting, pitching and defense.”
The host Millers will face Norman/Moore in an elimination game at 2 p.m. Friday after Thursday’s rain delay. Memorial will face the winner of that game at 4 p.m. An ‘if necessary’ game would be played Saturday.
The Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Moore 6-5 in the first round.
Colin Simpson hit a leadoff home run to tie the score at 5-5. Hunter Schellhardt drew a walk and scored the winning run on a single by Cody Ebert. Schellhardt and Michael Dunlap also homered in the win over the Lions.
Garett Hill got the start and threw six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks. Ebert came on in relief in the seventh.
After a brief break, the Bulldogs returned to action and took down the Millers in a 7-3 victory.
Shellhardt and Jack Hale each homered for the ‘Dogs, who hit just two home runs all season.
Ebert put the Bulldogs on the board in the second inning. He stepped to the plate with two out and drove the ball to center field, scoring Wade Hanska to tie the score 1-1.
Memorial then grabbed the lead with more clutch hitting in the third. Schellhardt hit a rocket over the left-field fence for a 2-run homer, making it a 3-1 game.
After seeing Yukon pull to within a run in the fifth, the Bulldogs put the game away with three more runs in sixth. Evan Nicklas singled in a run and Ebert drove in two with a triple for a 6-2 lead.
Hale rounded out the team’s scoring with a solo blast in the seventh, accounting for the 7-3 final.
Left-hander Parker Rigler earned the win with a complete game on the hill. Rigler allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out eight.
Ebert finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs while Simpson added three hits.