Bugs score 37 runs first two games of tourney


April 13, 2018

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – There wasn’t any problem scoring runs for the Alva High School baseball team on Thursday afternoon in a windy Midwest City as the Goldbugs split a pair of games on opening day of the 2018 Bill Tipton Classic.

The classic is a three-day event hosted by Carl Albert High School, with other sites at Shawnee High School and Bishop McGuinness High School.

Alva started the afternoon suffering its third straight loss this week with a 15-11 outcome to Class 4A Weatherford in five innings. They quickly rebounded as they took on Anadarko immediately following the first game, blasting the Warriors, 26-15.

It was the most runs scored by a Goldbug team since they dropped 20 runs in a shutout victory over rival Fairview on April 23, 2016.

The Goldbugs moved their record to 14-10 this season. They will take on Lawton Eisenhower Friday morning at 11 a.m. at Carl Albert. Location and time of Saturday’s contest will be determined following the completion of all the tournament games on Friday.

Beiswanger’s Day Not Enough

In the first game of the afternoon against Weatherford, senior T.W. Beiswanger had a solid day at the plate with three hits, including a double and a home run. He accounted for six of the runs in the loss with five runs batted in and the run scored on the home run.

Zeth Warren, Max Parsons and Dalton Hess each recorded two singles and Jacob Faulkner and Dalton Rose reached on singles as well.

The Eagles from Weatherford put the Bugs in a large 11-1 hole after the second inning. Alva’s run came in the bottom of the first inning when Faulkner drew a walk, eventually coming around to score a couple of batter on a single to right off the bat of Parsons.

In their at bat in the third inning, but the made a huge dent in Weatherford’s lead, scoring six of seven runs with two outs in the inning. The first run of the inning came when Braeden Cook drew a bases loaded walk to make it 11-2.

After the second out of the inning was recorded, Hess swiped home to cut into the lead yet again. After Warren drew a walk to load the bases again, Faulkner was tagged by a pitch to plate another run and keep the bases loaded.

That set up a big swing from Beiswanger, plating four runs on the grand slam to make it 11-8.

Following three more runs that crossed the plate for the Eagles, the Goldbugs added another run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Rose that allowed Parsons to score from third.

Alva’s offense did its best in the final half inning, but the six-run deficit entering the bottom of the fifth was just two much. Back-to-back singles by Warren and Faulkner set up a RBI double for Beiswanger, followed by a groundout that pushed in Faulkner to make it 15-11 for the final outcome.

Game 2 Offensive Explosion

Four extra base hits and five errors by their opponents helped the Goldbugs to its best offensive game of the season. The Bugs recorded a season high 26 runs on 21 hits in the win over Anadarko.

Alva led the game 17-0, after scoring eight runs in the first and nine in the second inning, before their opponents even reached base with a hit after two perfect innings of work on the mound by Rose.

With a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first following several walks, Hess opened the flood gates with a double to right that scored Beiswanger and Stanton Earnest. The next batter, Rose, stepped in and helped his own cause with a double that plated Parsons and Hess to make it 5-0.

Braeden Cook drove in Rose with a sacrifice fly, Morgan Cook scored on a Faulkner single to left and Warren crossed the plate on an error before the inning came to a close.

In the second inning, Parsons started the scoring with a RBI single to score Earnest, who then came across the plate a couple batters later on a double off the bat of Rose, his second double of the game. Back-to-back singles from Braeden and Morgan Cook that scored Hess and Rose, respectively, make it 12-0 in favor of the Bugs.

Warren followed the second Cook single with a three-run home run out to center. Alva added two more runs in the inning as Dominic Minjares scored on an Earnest single and Rose drove in his second run of the inning with a single that plated Earnest.

After allowing Anadarko to cut the lead to 17-4 in the top of the third, the Bugs plated six more runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a leadoff triple off the bat of Cameron Gordon and another RBI double by Rose.

Rose ended the game with three doubles, as well as a single, five runs batted in and three runs scored.

The runs continued to pile up in the fourth inning as the Warriors plated 11 runs, aided by four Goldbug errors to make it a 23-15 score in favor of the Bugs. However, in the bottom of the fourth, Alva plated three runs with two outs to win via mercy rule.

Beiswanger crossed the plate first on a misplayed fly ball with Hess at the plate, Earnest scored in the same fashion on a Rose fly ball and Braeden Cook sealed the victory with a single to left to bring home Hess.

Just behind Rose’s game two, Beiswanger recorded three hits for six total hits in the two games, and Earnest had three hits, drove in a run a scored five times. Hess had a multiple it game with a double and a single, and Hess had a pair of singles.


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