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.
The game swung back to the Panthers just as suddenly, with a four-run fifth inning reclaiming the lead and control.
Bryson Lierle led an 11-hit Panthers attack with two triples and two runs batted in and earned the pitching win in relief. Dylan Brooks, Kyler Hendricks and Tanner White each drove in two runs for Lookeba-Sickles.
Tye Rambo and Chance Long had two RBIs each for the Pirates, who finished with just six hits.
Red Oak 2, Olustee 1
No. 1 Red Oak needed nine innings, but finally broke through against Olustee and Dylan Sanchez to remain on course for a third straight spring state title.
Colt Browne's two-run single in the top of the ninth was the difference in the day's premium pitching pairing.
Sanchez matched Red Oak's tandem of Tyler Parks and Dylan Fazekas through eight innings, yet was undone by two unearned runs when teammates dropped two balls in the ninth — one on an infield pop-up and another on a fly ball to the outfield.
That started the Red Oak rally, with a sacrifice bunt moving the runners to second and third. Browne then lined his single into center field. Olustee had its own rally in the bottom of the ninth, but had the tying run thrown out at the plate for the final out.
Sanchez struck out 12 while allowing seven hits. Parks and Fazekas combined for 18 strikeouts and scattered six hits.