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Irvin’s blast elevates Bombers to 89er Invitational title

The Midwest City baseball team celebrates winning the 89er Invitational tournament last Saturday. (Photo provided)

Midwest City overcomes five-run deficit to beat Kingfisher

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

DeAngelo Irvin Jr. picked a good time for his first high school home run.

Midwest City was trailing Kingfisher by two runs in the top of the seventh inning in the championship of the Guthrie 89er Invitational Tournament. The sophomore stepped to the plate with two runners on and delivered with a blast to left field.

“When he was round the third base, I told him there’s not a better time than that for his first home run,” said coach Brady Baugh.

The Bombers pulled ahead 7-6 on Irvin’s three-run blast. Irvin then took the mound in bottom of the inning to close out the Yellowjackets.

Midwest City overcame a 6-1 deficit to win the tournament championship. Kingfisher took the lead in first inning and did not trail until Irvin’s home run in the seventh.

“It’s good to that even when we’re down 6-1 we can comeback,” said Baugh. “That’s a big difference even from a few weeks ago. We still had the energy to get the win and it was great to see them fight back and win it.”

The Bombers comeback started small. Kylon Thompson hit an RBI single in the fifth inning, and Bryson Spriggs drove in another with a single in the sixth, cutting Kingfisher’s lead to 6-3.

Then in the seventh, Thompson drove in another run with a pop fly to right, making it a 6-4 game. That set the table for Irvin’s eventual game-winner.

Irvin finished the game 3 for 4 with a triple, home run and 4 RBIs.  Kylon Thompson also had a big game, going 4 for 4 with two RBIs.

Cavin Pugh started the game at pitcher and threw three innings. Ethan Leach threw three scoreless innings and earned the win.

The Bombers advanced to the finals with wins over Duncan, Ponca City and El Reno.

Juwan Dancy, Leach and Along Woodberry each had multiple hits in a 14-3 win over Duncan on Thursday. Irvin picked up the win after allowing one run on three hits in three innings. Ethan Samaniego threw one inning of relief.

On Friday, Midwest City returned for a 9-4 win over Ponca City. The Bombers scored five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth.

Wyatt Snow drove in three runs, Bryan Williams Jr. had three hits and Leach and Woodberry had two hits each.

Midwest City later beat El Reno 9-3 in a game that was cut short due to weather. The Bombers opened a 9-0 lead in the top of the third.

Irvin provided plenty of offense as he went 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Dancy was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Williams drove in two runs.

Trevor Hand earned the win after three innings on the mound.

The Bombers dropped both games against Southmoore last week, losing 2-1 and 5-0.

“I think we played pretty solid baseball all of last week and came out and made other teams beat us,” Baugh said. “We’ve been playing the right way and not making a lot of mistakes.”


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