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KHS baseball earns District 4A-1 sweeps to open season

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Coming off a season in which it won its first-ever district championship, the Kingfisher baseball team already has a pair of district sweeps under its belt in 2020.

The Jackets have dominated a pair of 4A-1 foes, the most recent being on the road at Seminole last Tuesday.

KHS run-ruled the Chieftains 16-2 and 13-3.

That was just over a week after the Jackets thumped Douglass in their season opener. The Trojans fell prey in losses of 16-0 and 9-0.

Six different Jackets got a hit in the opener at Seminole as the team also took advantage of seven Chieftain errors.

Up 2-1 after an inning, KHS scored eight runs in the second to open up a big lead.

They added to it with five more runs in the fourth.

That final barrage included RBI singles from Tate Taylor and Clayton Abercrombie before Case Wills slapped a two-run double.

That last hit gave KHS a 16-1 lead before Seminole tacked on a run in the bottom half of the frame.

Brady Friesen earned the win with three innings of work. He allowed four hits and an earned run.

Although he walked four batters, Friesen was able to strike out nine.

Will Taylor finished off the last two innings by allowing one hit and earned run. He walked three and sat down three with strikeouts.

Tate Taylor scored four times offensively.

Friesen, Keaton Abercrombie, Clayton Abercrombie and T.J. Parker crossed the plate twice each.

Clayton Abercrombie joined Wills with two RBIs while Keaton Abercrombie and Parker had one RBI apiece.

The nightcap saw Kingfisher break open a close game with 10 runs in its final two at-bats of the five-inning victory.

With the team up 3-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, Isaiah Medellin started a five-run inning with an RBI double.

Friesen followed with a run-scoring single before Keaton Abercrombie pushed two across with his double. He later scored on a passed ball.

The Jackets added five more in the fifth, which included run-scoring hits from Parker and Will Taylor.

That was enough for Tate Taylor to earn the win as he went 4 2/3 innings, surrendered two hits and struck out eight while walking six.

Keaton Abercrombie struck out the lone batter he faced to end the game.

He also had two hits, scored three times and had two RBIs.

Medellin ended his game 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.

Parker and Wills had two hits and an RBI apiece and combined to score three times.

KHS allowed just two hits in the two games against Douglass at Homier Field.

In the opener, Friesen pitched all four innings. Although he gave up two hits, Friesen struck out 11.

Among Kingfisher’s offensive highlights were Tate Taylor collecting two hits, two RBIs and scoring twice.

Wills also drove in two runs while Keaton Abercrombie and Mason Snider scored twice each.

In the second game of the day, Ian Daugherty faced nine Douglass batters in three innings…and struck out all nine.

The right-hander needed just 34 pitches, 28 of which were strikes.

Cade Stephenson, Harrison Evans and Tate Taylor drove in two runs apiece in the game. Wills had an RBI triple and scored a run as well.

The Jackets were set to host Weatherford at noon Saturday, March 14.