Second inning scoring spree

By Kaitlyn Dillard
Sports Writer

Henryetta High School’s baseball team bested the Okemah Panthers Tuesday at home. The Knights defeated the Panthers after a second inning scoring spree, leading to a 10-8 massacre. 

A turbulent first inning resulted in some players getting on the bag for the Knights but no runs. Defensively, the Knights kept the Panthers at bay, pitcher Drew Brown knocked back to Panther players with two consecutive strike outs at the top of the inning. 

The Knights gained the upper hand in the second inning scoring seven runs and making it through their entire batting lineup. Brown stunted the Panthers’ offensive run, striking out two batters before an outfield catch ended the top of the inning for the Panthers. The Okemah pitcher couldn’t keep up with Brown’s pace, giving away five of the seven runs on walks.

Henryetta second baseman Bo Adams would be the first Knight to get on base in the second inning from a walk. Adams would make it to second from a single hit by Nathan Welch. The Knights would then move seven players across the home plate on walks advancing the score 7-0. 

Up by 7-0, the Knights watched their lead shrink in the third inning. The Panthers finally got on the scoreboard, getting three players to home. With the Panthers on the board 7-3, the Knights had a tough time earning runs in the third inning. Center fielder Jeremiah Boyles would jumpstart the inning for the Knights, earning a single on the first pitch, and eventually making it to third base. Boyles wouldn’t be able to touch home base before the inning was stopped by the Panthers with an outfield catch. 

The fourth inning was a slump for both teams with the score stalling at 7-3. Okemah couldn’t make it past brown who earned another two strike outs. While Henryetta made contact with the ball, there plays were quickly caught by the outfield. 

With the score still at 7-3 as the fifth inning started, the Panthers once again shortened the distance between them and the Knights’ lead. Brown would let slip three consecutive doubles, allowing the Panthers to earn three runs, 7-6. After a Panther scoring spree, the Knights were quick to shut down the Panthers’ offense with three consecutive outs from one strike out, a pop fly and an outfield catch. 

A close score meant the Knights needed to score in the sixth inning to keep hold of their lead. Left fielder Jerad Fife earned a single right off the bat in the sixth inning, putting the Knights on base, poised for a run. A strikeout would put a dent in the Knights’ groove but wouldn’t stop them entirely. Shortstop Seth Munoz earned the second single of the inning advancing Fife to second and a walk for Brown would put the Knights in the position to earn three runs. 

With an extended lead of 10-6, the Knights made sure to keep hold of it as the Panthers’ went up to bat. Only one Panther would make it to home before the Knights’ defense ended the inning. 

The seventh inning started with the Knights still ahead 10-7. The Panthers would go up to bat and would earn only one run, which wasn’t enough to beat the Knights’ lead. 

The Knights record stands at 3-2 after their defeat of the Okemah Panthers. Henryetta also faced Hulbert and Dewar Monday, balancing their season record with a loss against Dewar, 13-2, and a 9-3 win against Hulbert. 

The next scheduled game for the Knights is set for 12 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Haskell. Currently the Haskell Haymakers have a season record of 1-1 with an 8-0 win against Porter Consolidated and a 10-2 loss against Warner. 

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