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KHS bats heat up at incomplete I-40 Classic

April 03, 2019 - 00:00
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Kingfisher’s bats were nearly unstoppable at last weekend’s I-40 Classic, but got little more than wins to show for it.

KHS went unbeaten in pool play as it picked up wins against Clinton and Elk City on Thursday and then Leedey and Shattuck on Friday.

A showdown with Tuttle for the championship on Saturday was called off due to inclement weather.

Kingfisher and Tuttle have two district games coming up on the schedule.

“They said to just count one of those as the championship and they’d send the plaque to the winner,” KHS coach Stan Blundell said.

Kingfisher scored double-digit runs in all four games, including a 20-10 come-from-behind win against Shattuck at Clinton.

The Jackets spotted the Indians a 7-0 lead in the top of the first inning and trailed 9-2 after the first half of the second.

That’s when KHS exploded for 12 runs in the bottom half, added three more in the third and got the run-rule win.

Logan Rutledge led Kingfisher’s 15-hit attack with four hits, three of them triples.

The senior catcher drove in four runs and scored twice.

Keaton Abercrombie and Cole Crosswhite had three hits and three RBIs each. Crosswhite also scored four times, as did Zach Goodwin.

Chase Gustafson pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the win.

That came after KHS slowed down Leedey in a 10-2 five-inning victory.

Cooper Covalt pitched four innings for the win. He gave up just two hits and two earned runs.

Will Taylor drove in three runs while Keaton Abercrombie had two hits and two RBIs.

Ian Daugherty scored three times.

The tournament began with a 16-11 win against Clinton.

Keaton Abercrombie delivered three of Kingfisher’s 14 hits. He also drove in four runs.

Crosswhite scored five times while Goodwin collected two hits, three runs and an RBI.

Rutledge started a four-run second inning with a solo home run.

The Jackets allowed six runs in the fifth to tie the game, but scored five in the sixth to get the run-rule.

Creighton Bugg threw an inning of scoreless relief for the win. He struck out two batters.

The Jackets then dispatched Elk City 10-4.

Keaton Abercrombie got his first win of the year with 5 2/3 innings of work. He allowed six hits. Three of the four runs he gave up were earned.

Gustafson threw the final 1 1/3 innings.

Clayton Abercrombie helped his brother’s cause with two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Daugherty added a pair of hits, two RBIs and also scored twice.

The Jackets scored all 10 runs in the first three at-bats.