SHAWNEE — Hennessey starting pitcher Matthew Mills knew the challenge he faced against Tushka in the first round of the Class 2A state baseball tournament Thursday at Shawnee’s Ed Skelton Field.
Mills had seen them before.
“They smoked me,” Mills said of the teams’ earlier meeting. “We’re a whole different team now. They thought they were gonna come out here and get an easy win, and I wasn’t gonna let that happen.”
Mills allowed five hits and struck out five, including the last batter of the game, in a 5-1 win. Much better than that early season game, when Hennessey lost 13-5.
“Matt Mills threw his tail off,” Hennessey coach Brady Barnes said of Thursday’s performance. “He didn’t walk anybody, and really kept them in check. Really proud of him. We talked about how we were gonna pitch them and he executed it.”
Mills also had an RBI single, walked and scored. Hennessey’s Danyon Wymore had two hits and Steven Lott scored twice as the Eagles earned their first state tournament win since 2000.
Hennessey will face Dale at 11 a.m. in Friday’s semifinals at Shawnee. The Class 2A title game is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Dale 11, Ketchum 1 (5 innings)
Dale’s bats got hot early in the eventual run-rule victory, producing six runs in the first three innings.
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