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KHS tames Sabercats for 9th straight win

March 24, 2019 - 00:00
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    KHS SENIOR Zach Goodwin swings at a pitch in a home game earlier this season. Goodwin had a hit, RBI and scored twice Thursday in the Jackets’ 13-1 win over Southmoore. [Photo by Russell Stitt/www.stitt.smugmu

An explosive fourth inning got Kingfisher off to a good start to the Edmond Baseball Festival.

The Jackets erupted for 11 innings in that frame en route to a 13-1 victory over Southmoore at Deer Creek High School.

The win was Kingfisher’s ninth straight to start the season.

The Jackets carried a minuscule 2-1 lead into the fourth, but sent 15 batters to the plate in the decisive frame in what turned out to be a five-inning run rule.

Kingfisher walked five times and took advantage of multiple Sabercats errors, but also delivered some timely hits.

Tate Taylor got the scoring started with a bunt on a squeeze play that scored Will Taylor and then Logan Rutledge and Chase Gustafson eventually crossed the plate after an error.

That gave the Jackets a 5-1 lead and opened the flood gates.

The next time Tate Taylor stepped up to the plate, he delivered a two-run triple for a 13-1 lead.

In between, Keaton Abercrombie, Clayton Abercrombie and Rutledge all came through with RBI doubles as Southmoore struggled to get out of the inning.

In all, 10 different Jackets scored in the game and eight had at least one hit.

Tate Taylor led the way with three RBIs. Gustafson was the lone Jacket with two hits.

Goodwin and Will Taylor scored two runs apiece.

Creighton Bugg pitched the final three innings for the victory. He struck out four batters and gave up one hit without surrendering a run.

Ian Daugherty got the start and threw the first two innings. He gave up three hits and an earned run while sitting down three Sabercats on strikes.

Kingfisher wrapped up play in the festival Friday (after press time) against Westmoore.

The Jackets host Pauls Valley at 5 p.m. Monday in a District 4A-2 contest before traveling to Pauls Valley on Tuesday.