Antlers Machine Pitch Wins State

Staff Writer

The 8 & Under Antlers Spikes Machine Pitch team recently went to Broken Bow to participate in a double elimination tournament for the state championship in the Babe Ruth League. The Spikes went into the tournament with an undefeated record in league play and 5 wins and 3 losses in tournament play. They took second place in a tournament held in Paris, Tx where several traveling teams competed. They also won the league tournament to qualify for state.
The Spikes dominated their first game on Thursday by run ruling the Kiamichi All-Stars in the fourth inning 11-0. The second game that night ended much the same way with a run rule in the fourth inning against the Pitt. Co. Cardinals and a score of 10-0. Nash Powell contributed by smashing a 3 run homer over the fence. The third game which was held on Friday against Choctaw County, a picked team consisting of players from several teams in the league, was a true battle lasting all 6 innings. The score wound up 9-6 in favor of the Spikes.
What would be the final game of the tournament saw the Spikes playing against the Broken Bow Nationals who defeated Choctaw County to play in the championship. The first inning had the Spikes ahead 6-4 after Caden Lindley scored the last run for the Spikes and Zack Brame and Max Duncan made a double play to end the inning. The second inning had the bottom of the Spikes lineup scoring one as Jaycus Hill, Ben Copeland, & Bryn Copeland batted Noah Walker in after his single to third. Broken Bow was only able to score one due to the impressive defensive skills of Case Moore and Kobe Tabor. The third inning had Brame hitting a ground rule double over center field fence putting him in scoring position for Mark Janoe, Powell, and Cy Ammons to move him around the bases to score. Ammons also helped keep Broken Bow to only one run by snagging a hard hit fly ball in center field. Neither team scored in the 4th inning where Tabor, Duncan, and Janoe made a beautiful double play at 2nd and 1st base. The 5th inning started with Ben Copeland, Tabor, and Moore hitting doubles to score 1 run. Broken Bow was held to one run also making the score 9-7 going into the final inning. Powell bounced one over center field fence for a double and then scored with the help of a bunt by Ammons but that was all the Spikes could move across the plate. Broken Bow was shut down all together with Brame, Duncan, and Tabor stopping everything that came their way. The final score came in at 10-7 with the Spikes continuing their undefeated season of league play.
The win was doubly notable when taken into consideration that the Spikes team wasn’t the traditional all-star team that is usually taken to such tournaments. These boys started the season as a team with the only additions being the Copelands to complete the roster for tournament play.

Coaches: Carry Ammons, Charlie Duncan, Brett Brame, Dawn Tabor
Back row from the left: Jaycus Hill, Max Duncan, Ben Copeland, Mark Janoe, Zack Brame, Nash Powell, Caden Lindley
Front Row from the left: Cy Ammons, Bryn Copeland, Kobe Tabor, Noah Walker, Case Moore