Stonewall holds off Okmulgee for Depew tourney title

Mar. 19—DEPEW — The Stonewall High School baseball team didn't take much time off during spring break, but that doesn't mean the Longhorns weren't having fun.

Stonewall — ranked No. 19 in Class A — held off Okmulgee 15-14 in a wild championship game Saturday to capture the championship of the Darrell Fairchild Memorial Tournament in Depew.

The Longhorns dumped host Depew 13-4 in the semifinals and blasted Mounds 17-0 in a first-round contest and are now 6-0 to start the spring season.

"I'm really proud of the boys. Winning a tournament is always hard, especially this early in the season," Stonewall head baseball coach Dillon Monday told The Ada News. "I thought we swung the bat really well the whole tournament. We were stretched pretty thin on arms and had to have some guys throw in big spots late on Saturday, so this will only make us better."

The Longhorns battled host Wetumka and Davenport Monday at the Wetumka Festival and are scheduled to host Ripley at 4 p.m. today. Local foe Latta visits Stonewall at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, the Longhorns host Pontotoc County opponent Roff at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Monday's squad is scheduled to wrap up a busy seven-day stretch of baseball with a trip to Mill Creek Saturday to battle the host Bullfrogs and Indianola beginning at noon.

By the time the week ends, the Longhorns will have played nine games during a 10-day stretch.

Stonewall 15, Okmulgee 14

The Longhorns jumped out to an 8-0 lead after a six-pack of runs in the top of the second inning and led 11-3 heading into the bottom of the third.

However, Okemah battled back and scored six runs in the bottom of the third to trim the SHS advantage to 11-9.

Both teams scored two runs in the fourth inning and the Longhorns added two scores in the top of the sixth frame to gain a 15-11 lead.

The Bulldogs responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth frame before junior Kaden Romines stranded the potential game-tying run at second base with a groundout. He then sat down Okmulgee in order in the seventh to preserve the victory for the Longhorns.

During his relief stint, Romines struck out four and allowed three earned runs in 3.1 innings. SHS hurlers Taegus Pogue, Garrett Gaxmbrel and Romines combined for 10 strikeouts, 11 walks and four hit batters in the title game.

Stonewall piled up 13 hits in the contest, including a 3-for-4 effort by Pogue that included six RBIs and two runs scored. Gambrel finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Longhorns.

Tyler Larch and Mike Matt both went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Landon Gutierrez ended up 1-for-2 and scored four runs for the SHS club and Laden Bailey finished 1-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and two runs scored.

Alex Gilmour paced a seven-hit Okmulgee offense, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. Jordan Deere finished 1-for-1, walked four times and collected five RBIs for the Bulldogs.

Dustin Dunlap went 1-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs and a run scored. Ryder Hedges and Austin Burwell scored three runs apiece for Okmulgee.

There were 10 errors in the contest — four by Stonewall and six by the Bulldogs (3-7).

Stonewall 13, Depew 4

The Longhorns erased an early 2-0 deficit by scoring nine unanswered runs — including four in the top of the third and four more in the top of the fifth — surge ahead.

Mika Matt led Stonewall at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored from his spot atop the SHS lineup. Taegus Pogue finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored and Garrett Gambrel went 2-fo-r3 with two walks, three RBIs and a run scored.

Jamison Carrington finished 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored and Landon Gutierrez scored three runs for the locals.

Depew (8-3) managed just five hits in the contest. James Lindley finished 2-for-4 and drove in a run to lead the home team. Mateo Wren went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

Tyler Larsh turned in a solid pitching performance to earn the win for Stonewall. He struck out seven, walked two and allowed just one earned run in six innings. Tyler Burdick absorbed the loss for the Dragons. He struck out two, walked four and allowed three earned runs in four innings of work.

Stonewall 17, Mounds 0

Stonewall broke open the game with a 10-run outburst in the top of the fourth and final inning.

Taegus Pogue led a seven-hit SHS offense. He went 2-for-2 with two walks, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Mika Matt finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, two RBIs and three runs scored and Jamison Carrington went 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored.

Matt was the winning hurler for Stonewall. He struck out five and walked two in four shutout innings.

Four Mounds pitchers combined for 17 walks, six strikeouts and three hit batters. The Golden Eagles (3-5) were also charged with seven errors.