One thing for certain, the Class A District Tournament at Central High will not be forgotten any time soon by those who witnessed it.
Needing two wins against Fletcher last Friday to claim the championship, the Bronchos did just that, including a come-from-behind extra-inning victory in the first game to force a second.
An eventful game Thursday in which a Fletcher player was ejected for making obscene gestures at opposing players and fans set the table for an entertaining Friday.
Central High will travel to Sterling today (Thursday) for regional action. The Bronchos will play host Sterling, the No. 1-ranked team in Class A, at 11 a.m. The second game will feature Oklahoma Christian Academy and Calumet at 1 p.m.
Fletcher 6, Central High 5
The Wildcats came back in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the first contest between the two teams, but it was not the most memorable event.
Fletcher had a runner on third with one out when the Wildcats’ Chase McCullar hit an RBI groundout to second base to tie the game. McCullar was met by celebrating teammates walking back to the dugout where he made an obscene gesture towards both the Bronchos’ dugout and fans, prompting his immediate ejection from the game.
McCullar then went to the stands, but then was told by officials to go to the team bus. He was then witnessed to have made another obscene gesture to fans behind the bleachers heading to the bus.
Down 2-0 early, Central High’s Ashton Wright tied the game with a two-run homer in the third inning.
Two hard collisions at first base over the course of the next two innings prompted words to be exchanged between the two teams and warnings issued to both teams from the umpires.
Fletcher scored th.e next two runs of the game to reclaim the lead at 4-2 after four innings.
The Bronchos got one run back in the top of the fifth with an RBI by Joseph Flood, scoring Chance Mathesen.
CHS tied the game for the second time in the game in the top of the sixth on an RBI from Matthew Quisenberry that scored John Repp.
The Bronchos took the lead for the first time in the game in the top of the seventh with an RBI from Austen Dewitt.
Fletcher rebounded in their half of the inning, though. Following the ejection incident, the Wildcats pushed across another run to win the game.
Jarret Sparks had started the game on the mound for Central High, but was relieved by Wright with one out in the seventh. Sparks allowed eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Wright would get the loss.
Central High 8, Fletcher 7 (9)
The Bronchos had witnessed Fletcher rally late the day before to win the first game between the two teams, so CHS decided to return the favor in the first game on Friday.
Sparks was not ready for his high school career to come to an end. The senior pushed a single through the left side of the infield in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and then followed it up with an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
It appeared in the early going like Central High was going to be done in by the number two. Fletcher scored two runs in the first, two runs in the third, and two runs in the fourth. The two runs in the fourth came on a two-RBI single from Levi Nix, who wore No. 2 on his uniform. The hit came on a 1-2 pitch with two outs.
Allowing only one run instead of two in the top of the sixth though would help the Bronchos stay in the game.
Central High was up 3-2 after the first inning following an RBI single by Joseph Flood and a two-RBI single by Dewitt. Fletcher though would shut down the Bronchos the next couple of innings to allow the Wildcats to take the lead.
Nix’s hit in the fourth put the Wildcats up 6-3 and put the Bronchos’ season on the line.
John Repp cut the lead to 6-4 on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth. Wright would score on an error in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-5.
Down two runs in their last at-bat, the Bronchos found some magic.
Flood hit a blooper to left field that was pursued by both the shortstop and left fielder. The two had a hard collision in the outfield with neither able to immediately recover. The run-in allowed Flood to pickup an RBI and end up with a triple as the center fielder had to come over and retrieve the ball.
Sparks would tie the game two batters later.
Flood pitched into the ninth inning for Central High, but would get no decision in the contest. Matthew Quisenberry would pitch one inning of relief to get the win on the mound.
Shelby Moon, who was making his first appearance on the mound for Fletcher this season following “Tommy John” surgery the previous year, took the loss.
Central High 13, Fletcher 6
The final game of the tournament might have had less nail-biting-drama than the previous two games, but the result was worth celebrating.
The Bronchos found themselves down 5-1 early, but stormed back to outscore the Wildcats 12-1 the rest of the way to claim the district title.
Jarrett Sparks followed up his first game heroics with two two-RBI doubles and a sac fly to pick up five RBI in the contest.
Mikel Womack’s two-RBI single in the top of the sixth gave the Bronchos a nice 12-5 cushion.
Joseph Flood and Austen Dewitt also picked up RBIs in the game.
Roger Robertson was the winning pitcher for Central High. He allowed three runs on two hits with three strikeouts and five walks in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Bronchos rally to win two games over Fletcher
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By Todd Brooks
Apr 25, 2013 - 8:49:37 AM
By Todd Brooks
Apr 25, 2013 - 8:49:37 AM