Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
The Edmond Bulldogs varsity baseball team celebrated Independence Day a little early as they exploded for 11 hits enroute to an 11-2 run-rule victory over McGuinness on the Irish’s home field July 2 in Oklahoma City.
Rhett Wallace got the victory on the mound, combining with Rhoads Simons to limit the Irish to just three hits. The pair combined for seven strikeouts and issued just two walks.
The Bulldogs started their Fourth of July celebration early, blasting Bishop McGuinness for four runs in the first inning. With one out, Hunter Jackson was hit by a pitch and went to second on Kellen Manek’s single. Both advanced on a passed ball and Jackson trotted home on a double to left by Evan Nicklas.
Reese Garvie then walked to load the bases before a single by Jared Jones brought Manek home. Cody Ebert then continued his hot hitting streak with a double that scored Nicklas and Garvie for a 4-0 advantage that was never threatened.
Jackson was plunked by a pitch for the second-straight at bat and then stole second. But he was stranded there in the second after McGuinness had pulled to within 4-1 in the bottom of the first.
Edmond Memorial added five runs in the third while batting around. Garvie, who was 2-for-2 on the night with three runs scored, started it off with a single followed by a walk to Jones. That man Ebert struck again, bringing both Garvie and Jones home with a smash to the wall in left.
Wade Hanska was then hit by the pitcher and Mac Misialek walked to load the bases for slugging catcher Colin Simpson, who hit the right field wall with a double to clear the bases. Manek then delivered the Bulldogs’ fourth hit of the inning but was stranded at first.
But the ‘Dogs weren’t through as Garvie reached for the third straight time and advanced on a single by Jones, who was erased by a fielder’s choice by Ebert with Garvie going to third. The Memorial second baseman then crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by Hanska to make it 10-2 after four innings.
Simpson led off the fifth with his second straight 2-bagger and his courtesy runner went to third on a steal and scored on a sharp grounder to deep short by pinch hitter Alec Johnson.
Simons thwarted all hopes of a McGuinness comeback in the bottom of the fifth as he struck out the first and third batters and had a flyout to center in between.
Simpson, Manek, Garvie, Jones and Ebert each had two hits for the Bulldogs.