The Sequoyah Indians battled a strong wind and the Oktaha Tigers on Tuesday at Sequoyah High School. The Indians got some help from the bat of Shawn Budder, who hit a home run in the second inning, helping win the game 3-1.

In the first inning, the Indians got the Tigers out three in a row. The final out came on a good catch made by Butch England. In the SHS half of the inning, Nate Cline singled past the shortstop, and Jon Teehee doubled down the third base line. However, even with the bases loaded after a walk, the Indians were unable to capitalize.

The staunch Indian defense allowed a single in the top of the second, but they soon stopped any Tiger effort on offense. Then Budder took to the plate. His one-run shot over the left field fence opened the SHS half of the inning. After an out, Caleb Whitekiller walked, and Hunter Cunningham got to second base, after an overthrow allowing a run to score. Cunningham then took advantage of another Tiger mistake, moving to third on a wild pitch. Teehee got on base with a walk in his second at bat. He promptly stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Cline followed with a deep fly to left-center field, but the left fielder dropped the ball, allowing the third run to score. A strike out and a fielder’s choice ended the inning.

The third inning held nothing for either team. Then after a Tiger single in the top half of the fourth, the Indians turned a double play to end the Oktaha’s hopes of scoring. The Indians were unable to score during their half of the inning either.

“We got a two double plays right at crucial times,” said SHS head coach Jeff Turtle. “We played some good defense in the game. Hunter (Cunningham) played really good in the outfield.”

Travis Boswell came in to pitch for the Indians in the top of the fifth inning. The Tigers got a fly out, a single and a fielder’s choice. Then an overthrow error allowed the only Tiger run of the game to score. The Indians were unable to mount an offense in their half of the inning.

In the sixth, Boswell doubled to the center field fence. A walk by Budder put runners on first and second, but a double and bunt out ended the inning.

Two good catches by the Indian outfield and a strike out ended the game for the Indians.

The Indians lost earlier in the day at the Wood Bat Classic, and will play again today at Commerce. The SHS record is now 16-4.

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