BROKEN BOW — The Lone Grove Longhorns bounced back from the first loss of the season on Monday with a no-hitter from Justice Ruhnke in Tuesday’s 9-0 win over Valliant.
Ruhnke had six strikeouts in the impressive win.
He is one of several talented pitchers on the Longhorns’ staff.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys that can throw it,” Lone Grove coach Jake Melton said. “Grant (Harmon), Aaron () and Justice, Atkinson. We’ve got a bunch of guys. We’ve got some guys that haven’t even thrown yet that can throw a little bit. We’ve got a good pitching staff. I feel like we’ve got a lot of depth with it.”
The Longhorns are 7-1 and will move on to Wednesday’s seeded portion of the Southeast Shootout.
“We’ve pitched really well for the most part,” Melton said. “In the game we lost we didn’t pitch as well as we wanted to. The kids have played hard and all the hard work we’ve put in over the past year is really paying off so far.”
Dillon Atkinson added run support with two RBIs while Christian Harrell and Tanner Vernon had one RBI apiece.
Jacob Stewart, Ryan Good and Aaron Hamilton each had two hits while Grant Harmon and Ruhnke each drew two walks.
The Longhorns score a run or more in every inning but the fifth with 11 hits. Valliant committed
“It’s good for us to come over and play people we don’t usually see,” Melton said. “Broken Bow, they’re always tough. We split with them last year, they’re a good program. It’s good for us. It’s fun to get away and have some team building with the kids being all together.”
Plainview 8, Cashion 3
The Indians overcame two fielding errors to beat Cashion in the first of two games on Tuesday at Rose State College.
Cashion took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning.
Plainview quickly answered with a five-run rally in the bottom of the inning, and one run in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Plainview’s Carter Bowker limited Cashion to one hit over seven innings with nine strikeouts.
Martel Jefferson had two RBIs for the Indians, and Tyler Lawrence added another.
Brayden Strickler drew two walks and Harper had two hits. Jordan Rickets and Jefferson each added a hit for Plainview.
Plainview 11, Mt. Saint Mary 1
In the first inning, the Indians posted six runs and three more in the second to put the game out of reach early in Monday’s second game to improve to 6-2 on the season.
The Indians added two more runs in the fourth inning to force the run rule after five innings.
Kyle Williams got the starting nod on the mound and struck out two over four innings.
Cole Borin led the Indians at the plate with two hits and three RBIs.
Jefferson added two RBIs, and Rickets had one RBI on one hit with two walks.
Williams and Jefferson drew one walk apiece.
Plainview’s only drawback from the decisive win was three errors. Mt. Saint Mary committed four.
Lone Grove 13, Idabel 5
The Longhorns started the Southeast Shootout with a six inning win over Idabel on Monday.
Lone Grove posted three runs apiece in the first and second innings, and added another in the third for a 7-3 lead.
Idabel cut the Longhorns’ lead to 7-5 in the sixth before a six-run rally put the game away. Lone Grove finished with 10 hits in the victory.
Aaron Hamilton led the Longhorns with three RBIs, and Vernon drew three walks.
Christian Harrell and Jacob Stewart tossed three innings with four strikeouts apiece.
Broken Bow 9, Lone Grove 7
Two errors proved costly in the Longhorns’ first loss of the season to tournament hosts Broken Bow.
Hamilton tossed four inning swith four strikeouts in the loss. Stewart and Hamilton had two hits apiece.
The Longhorns held a 7-4 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth before Broken Bow brought home five runs that went unanswered over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Thackerville 10, Ringling 4
Tied entering the seventh inning, Thackerville capitalized on Ringling’s miscues. The Wildcats broke a 4-4 tie in the final frame to hand Ringling a 10-4 loss on Monday, its first defeat of the season.
Ringling (5-1) coach Steve Pybas said that against good teams, you have to make routine plays. The Blue Devils didn’t, Pybas said, and Thackerville made them pay. The Wildcats themselves are 4-0.
Sophomore Trevor Richardson started for Ringling. He threw four innings, and exited with a 3-1 advantage. Zeb Willis threw 2.1 innings in relief, and Taylor Pybas recorded the final two outs.
Pybas didn’t assess blame for the loss, but said his team didn’t execute fundamental aspects sufficiently to stay undefeated.
Offensively, junior Lucas Lester and Pybas had RBI singles for Ringling.
The Blue Devils host Wilson next Monday at 4:30 p.m.