Special to The Sun
Not much went right for the the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves in their first-round state playoff game against Owasso Thursday evening. The Wolves managed just three hits in taking an 11-1 loss to the Rams at Shawnee High School.
Santa Fe's defensive woes matched those at the plate, as a pair of errors and three hit batters contributed to six Rams runs.
Five Santa Fe pitchers combined for 11 runs -- 6 earned -- on 9 hits and 4 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
Owasso got on the board in the first with a run scored on a double steal of second and home. The Rams tacked on two more in the second when an error and a hit batter with the bases loaded put two across, for a 3-0 lead.
The Wolves got one back in their half of the second when Derek Alonzo walked, advanced on a Garrett Greenwood single and an error, then scored on a passed ball to bring the Wolves closer at 3-1.
Owasso roared back in the third with a two-out rally that saw the Rams put up three more runs on two hits, a walk, an error, a hit batter and a passed ball to take a 6-1 lead.
Things went downhill precipitously for the Wolves in the top of the fourth. Three hits, two walks and two hit batters saw the Rams put up five more runs to take an 11-1 lead, and when the Wolves failed to close the gap in the top of the fifth, Owasso left with the run-rule win,
Starting pitcher J.R. Hensley took the loss, despite giving up only one earned run. Greenwood, Zac Bycko and Colin Lyon were each 1-for-2.
The game wrapped up moments before rain began to fall, causing the postponement of Edmond North's playoff game against Broken Arrow. The Huskies will play at 11 a.m. Friday at Deer Creek High School. No admission will be charged for that game.
ANTLERS, SAINTS EXIT
Earlier on Thursday, Deer Creek and Oklahoma Christian School both fell in first-round play.
The Antlers took a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Noble in Class 5A at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
Deer Creek's Michael Brinska and Ben Heigle shared pitching duties. Brinksa threw 3 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 4 hits and a walk, striking out two; Heigle pitched 4 innings and allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits and no walks, and struck out four. Cole Lindley was 2-for-4 with a run scored; Caleb Eldridge and Alex Forget had RBIs.
The Saints lost to Verdigris, 3-0, in a Class 3A matchup held at Deer Creek High School.
OCS' Austin Brooks pitched a complete game, but was outdueled by Verdigris' Blake Battenfield, who went the distance and struck out 15 batters.