EDMOND — Teams have typically pitched around — or not at all — to Leedey's Drew Ward, making it frustrating for Ward and the professional scouts who regularly line up to see him.
Sentinel took on Ward and the Bison at times Friday, with minimal damage, romping 12-5 in a first-round game of the Class B Tournament at Edmond Memorial.
Sentinel, advancing to play Asher in Saturday's 11 a.m. semifinal, jumped out to a 5-0 lead after its first at-bat, allowing an aggressive early approach with Ward, an Oklahoma signee and a projected high draft pick in Major League Baseball's June draft.
Ward popped out and grounded out in his first two plate appearances, before the Bulldogs played careful with the big shortstop in his final two at-bats, walking him both times.
Pitching to Sentinel's hitters proved more problematic.
The Bulldogs banged out 15 hits, with eight men in the lineup reaching base safely. Weston Cole got it done on the mound and at the plate, earning the win and producing two triples, three runs and driving in two. Landon Burson also tripled and drove in a run as Sentinel never trailed.
Lookeba-Sickles 12, Moss 8
The Panthers struck early for a 6-0 lead, fell behind 8-6, then rallied for the win, ending Moss' 30-game winning streak.
Lookeba-Sickles seemed in charge early, owning its 6-0 lead and not allowing the Pirates a hit through three innings. But Moss sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth, getting all its runs on the strength of four hits, five walks and two wild pitches.