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May 3, 2013

Vian wins, Indians routed

VIAN — Coach John Brockman thinks his Vian baseball team can play better.

Even with a 30-2 record after beating Kansas 7-3 in the opening game of the rain-delayed Class 3A regional tournament at Vian’s diamond on Thursday, the Wolverines’ head coach is sure his team has yet to play its best baseball.

“We haven’t played as well as I’ve wanted us to play,” Brockman said. “We’ve still got more to go. We had four errors (against Kansas). We’re going to have to play a lot better to win the regional. 30-2 is impressive, but I’m a perfectionist. We haven’t gotten where we need to be yet.”

Rain washed out the last two games of the regional scheduled for Thursday. Play resumes at 1 p.m. today with the Wolverines facing Morris after Morris knocked off Sequoyah 12-1 in five innings. Sequoyah and Kansas clash at 3 p.m. today in the loser’s bracket.

The Vian-Morris loser plays Sequoyah-Kansas winner at 5 p.m. today. On Saturday, the regional title game will be at 1 p.m. and the if necessary game is 3 p.m.

Vian got solo home runs from Jon Andrews, Rylee Simon and Rowdy Simon. Rylee Simon also drove in two runs, while Dan Weer had two hits.

“We’ve hit in spurts, but we haven’t hit like I think we can,” Brockman said.

On the mound, Shawn Troutman struck out seven batters in tossing the two-hit complete game victory to improve to 10-0. Singles by Johnny Lewis and Logan Blain were the only Kansas hits.

But Brockman isn’t letting his team rest, especially after watching the Eagles (18-7) shut down the Indians (13-8).

“We have to play better than we played (Thursday),” he said.

Jon Andrews (8-1), Rowdy Simon (7-0) and Brett Hooper (3-0) are the other Vian pitchers.

Meanwhile, the Indians struggled in losing to the Eagles. Karter Woodruff doubled home Elijah Tucker in the first inning for Sequoyah’s lone run for one of his two hits. Tucker also singled twice. Ryan Helsley was the losing pitcher.

Left-hander Clayton Smith struck out seven for the pitching win, while Matt Sebring and Nate Wynn each scored two runs for the Eagles.

Sequoyah coach Jeff Turtle was visibly disappointed.

“We didn’t do anything well at all,” he said. “It was our worst game of the year and a bad time to have it.”

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