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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Five-run 7th paces West seniors in All-Star game

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  • The West All-Stars rallied with five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-4 victory over the East All-Stars Thursday night in the Southern Oklahoma Annual All-Star baseball game played at Valero Park.
    The West, coached by Davis' Micah Noland, was composed of seniors from Davis, Sulphur, Ardmore, Kingston and Ringling. The East All Stars, coached by Tishomingo's Kirk LaFevers, represented Plainview, Madill, Tishomingo and Dickson.
    The teams entered the seventh knotted at 4-all. But the West sent 11 batters to the plate, took advantage of five free passes from the East pitching staff, and made the best of two hits to plate five and pull away for the win.
    Madill's Shadow Marris, the fourth East pitcher, issued free passes to Davis' Hunter White and Sulphur's Hunter Luna. A single to left by Davis' Riley Wilson loaded the bases with no outs. White scored on a wild pitch, and Marris then walked Davis' Ethan Tomlinson to load the bases.
    Madill's Hunter Chapa came on in relief and gave up a sacrifice fly to center by Kingston's Jake Patterson that scored Luna, and Tomlinson raced home on a passed ball. Kingston's Jared Hayes and Davis' Jordan Wilson both reached on infield errors. Hayes scored on the second East error, and Davis' Alec Hetherington singled to left to score Wilson.
    Hetherington led the West with a 3-for-4 and two RBIs, and Luna was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
    Patterson got the start for the West and worked three scoreless innings before a rough fourth. The East All Stars got all four of their runs in the bottom of the fourth when they sent 10 to the plate.
    Plainview's Chase Brooks and teammate Newman Hoben both singled. Plainview's Garrett Foster singled to score Brooks, and Marris singled to score Foster.
    A two-run single to left by Plainview's Devin Hartman brought in Hoben and Foster, and a bunt single by Chapa scored Marris with the final East run.
    Ardmore's Donovan Kuykendall came in for the West in the fifth and shut down the East over the game's final three frames to gain the win on the mound. The two West pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts and three free passes. The five East pitchers fanned eight but issued 10 free passes.
    Brooks and Hoben were each 2-for-3 with a run scored for the East.
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