By JASON EPP
HOOKER, Okla—Turpin's Kyler Musgrave led a Cardinals offensive surge that turned into two run-rule shortened wins (13-0; 14-2) over the Hooker Bulldogs Thursday.
“We produced runs and didn't leave too many guys on base,” Cardinals manager Mario Mendoza said. “Kyler (Musgrave) and Jordon (Lujan) both pitched well. We still have to get better in the field.”
Musgrave tallied 11 RBI while going 6-6 at the plate, including a pair of doubles and an inside-the-park homerun. Musgrave also picked up the win in Game 1, allowing no runs, one hit, two walks, and striking out seven.
“Never had a player do that,” Mendoza said. “That's why he's in that third spot. We need that production out of him.”
Turpin shot out of the gate, scoring nine runs in the top of the first inning. Jordon Lujan and Musgrave each drove in two runs. Hooker hurt their own cause with three walks and two errors.
Jordan Kennedy picked up the Bulldogs only hit of the game when he led off the bottom of the first with a double to right field.
Hooker loaded the bases with a pair of walks, but Musgrave got a strikeout to end the inning.
Turpin added four more in the second to go up 13-0, and cruise to a run-rule win after three innings.
Musgrave was 3-3 with a double for 5 RBI. Lujan was 3-3 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. George Dominguez was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored, Cade McIntire had two walks, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Davian Ratzlaff had two walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base.
In Game 2, Lujan took the mound and struggled in the first inning, but shut the Bulldogs out the rest of the way.
Turpin opened the game with four runs in the top half of the first. Hooker answered back with two runs in the bottom half thanks to a hit, two walks, and a pair of fielding errors by the Cardinals.
Musgrave hit a two-run double in the second inning as Turpin added five more runs to make the score 9-2.
In the third, Isai Lara hit a 2 RBI single, then Musgrave hit a 3-run inside-the-park homerun to seal the win.
Musgrave was 3-3 with a double, a homerun, three runs scored, two stolen bases, and six RBI. Ratzlaff was 2-2 with 1 run scored, Lujan was 1-1 with two walks, three runs scored, and two stolen bases. Eric Bromlow had two walks and two stolen bases, and McIntire scored two runs and had a stolen base.
For Hooker, Ross Daves had the only hit of the game. Robby Wardlaw and Johnny Ugarte scored the two runs.
Turpin will travel to Oklahoma City Saturday to play 3A No.11 Heavner at Bricktown Ballpark. Hooker will travel to Buffalo Monday.
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