By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Midwest City’s baseball team had an eventful spring break.
The Bombers traveled to Beavers Bend area for the Southeast Shootout, going 3-0 in the three-day festival.
Coach Joe Haddox was pleased with the three wins, but said his team struggled with consistency.
“The first couple of days, we played pretty sloppy. We pitched well but didn’t play good defense and didn’t have enough hitting,” Haddox said. “On Wednesday, we put it all together and did what we’re supposed to on offense and defense. It was a lot less stressful.”
Midwest City opened the week with a 10-7 win over Valliant on March 13. They trailed early in the game before pulling ahead with a four-run fourth inning. Kenny Colston gave them the lead for good with a two-run triple.
DeAngelo Irvin Jr. led the way at the plate, going 3 for 3 with four runs scored and two doubles. Stephen Lewellyn and Colston each hit a triple, and Bryan Williams Jr. had four walks in the win.
Colston earned the win in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
The next day, the Bombers pushed past Idabel for a 6-4 win.
Midwest City managed only four hits in the game. Lewellyn and Colston both doubled.
Irvin was the winning pitcher after allowing three earned runs and notching eight strikeouts.
The Bombers got a little help in the fourth inning as Idabel walked in two runs and allowed another on a hit batter with the bases loaded. Midwest City opened a 5-3 lead and never let go.
On Wednesday, Midwest City finished strong with a 13-1 win over Keys. The team racked up 10 hits including a home run by Wyland Hargrove.
Brandon Dixon, Kevin Nelson and Williams each hit a double for the Bombers.
“DJ [Irvin] has done a great job leading us at the leadoff spot,” Haddox said. “On Wednesday especially, our guys 6-8 came through.”
The team stayed together in a cabin during the festival. In addition to the baseball games, they visited Hochatown, went bowling, and played mini-golf.
“There was a lot of down time between games so they got to spend time together,” Haddox said.
Midwest City hosted Shawnee Monday night. They will be home again Thursday against Putnam City North and Friday against Mustang.