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Buffs blast past Broken Bow

Mar. 30—The Buffs took care of business on their home turf.

McAlester hosted Broken Bow in a Saturday showdown at Mike Deak Field, where the Buffs barreled their way to an 8-5 win.

Broken Bow struck first, scoring two runs to take an early lead. But Ethan Watkins locked things down, striking out multiple batters to keep McAlester in striking distance heading into the bottom of the second inning.

Ayden Shumway led off with a double followed by Spencer Stinchcomb with a single to put two on the bags. Shumway scored off a passed ball, and Watkins followed with an RBI double to score Watkins and tie up the game.

Broken Bow took the lead with a run in the top of the next inning, but the Buffalo offense blasted a response in the bottom frame.

Brayden Phillips drilled an RBI single to tie up the game, and Shumway and Stinchcomb hit back-to-back knocks to score two more and give McAlester the 5-3 lead after three innings.

The Buffalo bats went back to work in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Stinchcomb used a hard-hit ground ball up the middle for a score. Watkins followed with a sacrifice fly to score a run, and Jaxon Lauerman used a passed ball opportunity to extend the lead.

Broken Bow looked to chip away at the deficit in the top of the seventh inning, but Shumway came in to close and struck out the final batter to seal away the win.

Stinchcomb and Watkins led the way at the plate with two RBIs each, followed by Phillips and Shumway with one each. Watkins struck out six on the mound, while Shumway recorded the final out.

Next up, McAlester will return to district action Monday with a double header against Del City, with first pitch of the opening game scheduled for 4 p.m.

MCALESTER 11, RED OAK 7 (Friday)

The Buffs got hot, and never looked back.

McAlester hosted Red Oak Friday at Mike Deak Field, where the Buffaloes blasted out late to take an 11-7 win over the Eagles.

Red Oak struck first, scoring five runs in the first two inning to lead over the Buffs. But McAlester kept its focus, and punched right back in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Ayden Shumway led off the inning with a walk, putting a runner on the bags. Ethan Watkins later followed with a high-flying ball to the center field fence, scoring Shumway and putting the Buffs on the board.

Red Oak responded in the next frame, scoring a pair of runs to extend the lead out to six.

The Buffs stayed undeterred, and kept battling at the plate. Brayden Phillips put a ball into play in the bottom of the fifth inning to score a run, and Shumway followed with a drill to left to score another.

Later as the bases were loaded, Jaxon Lauerman blasted a ball into left field beyond the fielder, clearing the bases and putting McAlester within a run. Lauerman didn't stay there long, using a passed ball opportunity to take home and tie up the game at 7-7.

The McAlester momentum kept flowing in the bottom of the next inning, with knocks from Gunner Hodgell and Phillips putting the Buffs out in front. Following back-to-back singles from Shumway and Spencer Stinchcomb, Watkins used a line drive to the outfield to score two runs and extend the lead to four.

That slammed the door shut on Red Oak, with the Buffalo defense holding off the Eagles to seal the win.

Lauerman and Watkins led the way at the plate with three RBIs each, followed by Phillips with two, and Shumway with one. Lauerman got the win on the mound, with the combined efforts of he and Max Harmon striking out six.