By CRAIG HALL
Heavener got a strong pitching performance from Grant Shipman to its sixth straight win on Friday, 8-1, over Keota.
The sophomore pitcher went the distance for the Wolves, striking out seven, allowing only four hits and walking one Keota batter.
Aside from the one run Keota scored in the top of the third, Shipman and the Wolves were in control throughout.
Heavener took the lead in the second inning as Trey Grubbs was hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice by Dillan Stallings, Shipman drew a walk and Hunter Tiffee’s hit to right center brought in Grubbs for the first run. Shipman then scored on a wild pitch.
The Wolves added two more runs in the bottom of the third. Grubbs got on again, this time with a walk, and scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Shipman. Ashton Wright, who ran for Shipman, added the second run to put Heavener’s lead at 4-1.
The lead grew to 5-1 in the fourth as Dillion May led off with a single and scored on a ground out by Stallings.
Heavener played some small ball to score the final three runs in the fifth. Tiffee and Jordan Terry walked to start off the inning and Connor Place singled. Corry Duncan laid down a sacrifice bunt with both Tiffee and Terry scoring on the throw to first. Place then scored after he was caught in a run-down and a wild throw allowed him to score.
Duncan finished 2-2 with the two RBI while Place was 2-3.
Heavener, now 9-4, opens play in the baseball LeFlore County Tournament on Monday at 1 p.m. against Arkoma at Spiro.
Keota dropped to 0-6 with the loss.