The Guthrie Bluejays are looking to finish district play off strong today when they host the Woodward Boomers at Squires Field for a double header starting at 5 p.m.
The Bluejays are fresh off a sweep over rival Bishop McGuinness on Monday, in what were arguably their two best performances all season. Guthrie took advantage of timely hitting and strong defensive play to cement their place in the District 5A-2 standings.
Game 1: Guthrie 13, McGuinness 3
Ashton Hartley opened the game with a two-run home run to left field to quickly give the Bluejays a 2-0 lead. The long-ball would be a reoccurring thing for Guthrie, as the Bluejays hit two home runs in a single game for the first time this season. The second home run came in the bottom of the second when Nolan Gagnon hit a two-run shot of his own, this one giving Guthrie a commanding 9-0 lead heading into the third inning.
The Irish were able to get two runs back in the third after a leadoff double and hit by pitch put two aboard for McGuinness.
The momentum by the Irish would be short lived. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Gagnon led the inning off with a single to center. Josh Rains drove in Gagnon with an RBI double to left field. Cole Hole drove in Rains on the next pitch to give Guthrie a 11-3 lead.
After Brody Hinkle and Cale Coffman reached base by way of an error and a walk, the bases were loaded for Jackson Waddell. Waddell would send the first pitch he saw and drive in House and Hinkle to put the Bluejays up 10.
Hartley slammed the door in the top of the fifth to give Guthrie its 10th win of the season. Hartley finished the day throwing a complete game, allowing six hits, three earned runs, and dealing three strikeouts.
Game 2: Guthrie 9, McGuinness 3
The Bluejays hot bats would carry over into game two. Bryce Robinson opened the top of the first inning with a triple to center. Nolan Gagnon picked up another RBI on the day, driving in Robinson with a single to left.
In the top of the second inning, with Brody Hinkle and Cale Coffman on first and second, Robinson picked up his second hit of the game, this one a two-run RBI fly ball to center field to put Guthrie up 3-0.
Josh Rains put the Bluejays up 4-0, when he hit his first home run of the season, this one a solo shot to left field. Hinkle added another run in the inning with a sacrifice bunt to score Cole House from third base.
Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the third. McGuinness trimmed the deficit to two thanks to an error and an two-run RBI single to center.
Much like in game one, the momentum by the Irish wouldn’t last long. Jackson Waddell and Robinson led the top of the fourth inning off with back-to-back singles. Gagnon would pick up his second RBI of the game, driving in Waddell on a double to left field. Robinson and Hoel (pinch running for Gagnon) would score on an Ashton Hartley fly ball to right field, and a Rains single to left to put Guthrie up 8-3.
The Bluejays would add an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning, when Hartley came around to score on a fielder’s choice.
Gagnon picked up the win on the mound, striking out eight batters in six innings of work. He finished with 108 pitches while only giving up four hits and no earned runs.
Inside the Box Score:
Game One: Nolan Gagnon 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Ashton Hartley 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Bryce Robinson 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk.
Game Two: Bryce Robinson 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Ashton Hartley 2-for-4 with one RBI and a walk. Nolan Gagnon 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
With the sweep over McGuinness, the Bluejays are locked into third place in the District 5A-2 standings. With Duncan's win over Lawton earlier this week, the Bluejays look like they're heading to Lawton for the regional tournament.
Guthrie will look to move to 8-4 in district play tonight when 8-17 (3-7) Woodward comes to town. The Bluejays will celebrate senior night in between the two games. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.