HEAVENER — Last month, the phrase “Thunder Up” was being used quite a bit as the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA Finals. However, that same phrase just might be used this week at Blues Park for the 2012 OK Kids Coach-Pitch Regional Tournament.
The Heavener Thunder are two wins from a state-tournament berth after routing the Muldrow Bulldogs 14-4 Tuesday night at Blues Park.
The Thunder will play the Stilwell Warriors, who rallied from being down 16-13 with only three outs left to edge the Roland Rangers 17-16, at 8 p.m. tonight in the winner's-bracket final, with the victor heading to the 5 p.m. Saturday title game. The loser will play at 8 p.m. Friday in the loser's-bracket final for a second chance to make the championship game.
The Wister Wildcats staved off elimination Tuesday with a 13-6 win over the Durant Rangers. The ’Cats will play Muldrow at 5 p.m. today in the loser's-bracket quarterfinals. The winner will then play the Roland Rangers-Hartshorne Miners winner at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the loser's-bracket semifinal. The Miners ended the season for the Whitesboro Bulldogs with a 17-0 victory.
In Heavener's victory, the Thunder jumped out to a 6-0 lead after an inning.
After the Bulldogs scored twice in the second inning to cut Muldrow's deficit to 6-2, Heavener put the game away with another six-run inning in its half of the second frame — highlighted by Trevor Grubbs' three-run, inside-the-park home run — to put the Thunder ahead 12-2 after two innings.