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May 2, 2014

Tahlequah drops 2nd straight against Cardinals

COLLINSVILLE — For the second time in three days, errant throws and sloppy plays against Collinsville cost Tahlequah ground in the District 5A-3 standings.

Tahlequah gave up four unearned runs off of wild pitches, giving the Cardinals a 7-1 run rule victory in seven innings at Pat Colpitt Field Tuesday evening. Thursday’s loss is the Tigers’ eighth in the last 10 games.

“There might have only been one (error) on the scoreboard, but our defense just wasn’t very good all around,” Coach Nick Zodrow said. “We weren’t very good offensively or defensively tonight.”

Starting pitcher Colby Brittain lasted 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits and striking out four. He also accounted for Tahlequah’s only run of the night, scoring on a balk in the top of the first.

Hayden Wichmann threw all six innings for the Cardinals to pick up the win. The right-handed sophomore has a 1.58 earned run average on the season.

The loss means Tahlequah is now too far behind both Collinsville and Claremore to have a chance at hosting a regional next week. Based on the standings as of Thursday night, the Tigers would head to District 5A-3 runner-up Shawnee (25-5), along with Hale (8-16) and Edison (14-18).

With the regular season winding down, the Tigers (14-16, 8-5) have little time to regroup and move on. Tahlequah’s home finale is 4:30 p.m. Friday against Claremore (22-8, 11-2) with Brock Mitchell slated to start on the mound. The Zebras run-ruled Skiatook 10-0 Thursday afternoon and are in a position to clinch District 5A-3 with a win Friday if Tahlequah is unable to play the spoiler. In the two teams’ last meeting on April 15, Claremore put up a 12-2 five inning run rule win over the Tigers.

“If we do dwell on it (Thursday’s loss), we’ll get beat pretty badly,” Zodrow said. “We’re just trying to teach our guys to be competitive and compete in this district. We just have to do it. There’s no secret to it: we have to come out tomorrow and put it past us. Otherwise, we’ll get embarrassed again.”

Collinsville (24-7, 11-3) wraps up its regular season with non-district games against Booker T. Washington and Pryor.

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