PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Legion team found it rough sailing against Bartlesville on Tuesday, losing both games of a doubleheader 7-2 and 10-3 inside Jaycee Ballpark.
INDIANS SET THE TONE WITH A WIN
Bartlesville set the tone with a 7-2 win in game one on the strength of solid defense and quality at-bats.
Nothing came easy for Pittsburg in the loss, as the Indians staked a 3-0 lead in the early going before pulling away with five runs in the fifth en route to the win.
“I told them before we took the field that you can make an error, but you can’t follow it up with a second or third error on the same play,” Pittsburg head coach Chase Cleland said. “I feel like in the fifth inning when we had that big snowball fight, they really learned from that. If you bobble it or throw it away once, that’s fine, but we can’t let that next throw get away from us. That’s when runners come in to score.”
The Indians jumped out to an early, three-run lead after plating a pair of runs in the second inning and adding another run in the third.
Pittsburg got one run back in the bottom half of the third to cut the deficit at 3-1, thanks to Tejay Cleland getting on base and crossing the plate on a pair of defensive miscues.
Bartlesville began pulling away with three runs in the fifth frame and one run in the sixth to stretch the lead to 7-1.
Post 64 plated a run in their half of the sixth, but couldn't complete the rally in the seventh.
Ridge Smith got Pittsburg going in the sixth inning with a one-out single to center field, before moving up into scoring position on a single by Cade Simmons and coming in to score on a single through the left side by Tyler Brynds.
Brynds was the offensive catalyst, driving in one run on two hits.
Elijah Harris also had a pair of hits in the contest.
Brynds took the loss on the mound, giving up two runs on three hits with a strikeout through four innings of work.
INDIANS COMPLETE SWEEP
Bartlesville followed up the win with a 10-3 victory in game two to complete the sweep.
After Post 64 hit the scoreboard in the third inning, the Indians bounced back with eight runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth to win 10-3.
Pittsburg drew first blood in the contest with a pair of runs in the third inning to go up 2-0.
Elijah Harris got the frame going by drawing a one-out walk, before moving up into scoring position on a base hit to center field off the bat of Chase Arbuckle.
Following a strikeout in the next at-bat, Ryan Long drove in both runners with a double off the wall in right-center field.
The Indians responded with eight runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the sixth to gain a 10-1 lead.
Pittsburg got one run back in the sixth via an RBI single to right field by Simmons, but couldn’t close the gap.
Long was doing a little bit of everything, driving in two runs on two hits at the plate and throwing three, scoreless innings with one strikeout on the mound.
Vaughn also had a pair of hits in the contest.
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.