Alex Barber

Walton's ground out propels the Bixby Spartans Varsity past Higley, AZ, 7-3

The Bixby Spartans Varsity jumped on Higley, AZ early on their way to a 7-3 win on Thursday at Higley, AZ in seven innings, scoring three runs in the first inning.

The Spartans were led by Juniors Blake Kirk and Logan Gipson on hitting. Kirk went 1-4, drove in one and scored two runs with a triple in the first inning.  Gipson scored 2 runs, got one hit and 2 walks.

Alex Barber recorded the win for Bixby. He allowed two runs over four innings. Barber struck out five, walked three and gave up two hits.

One run in the bottom of the second helped Higley close its deficit to 3-1. A groundout by Nate Cannon sparked the Knights' rally. Finally, Alex Barber got CJ Lewis to strike out to end the threat.

The Spartans brought home one run in the third inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the third, the Varsity scored on a wild pitch, plating Logan Gipson.

Bixby added two more runs in the top of the fourth. Zach Reynolds hit a line-drive into centerfield, then Kirk's hit into a fielder's choice scored John Warn, courtesy running for catcher Reynolds, for the inning's first run. 

After pushing across one run in the bottom of the fourth, the Knights faced just a 6-2 deficit. A hit by pitch gave Higley life, but Alex Barber induced an inning-ending fly out from Sherrick Bader.

One run in the bottom of the fifth helped Higley close its deficit to 7-3.  In the 6th, an RBI single by Cannon set off a possible rally, but the Spartans stopped the rally after Sophomore pitcher Liam Roden struck out 2 and Lewis flew out to Right fielder, Senior Dylan Haynes.  

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Higley needed to muster a comeback, but went 3 up-3 down as the leadoff batter, Lamb was called out for offensive interference after he ran over 1st baseman, Parker McDonald who had settled under the pop up halfway down the first base line.  A strikeout swinging and flyout to shortstop Josh Fisher ended the inning quickly and the Spartans came away from Arizona with a winning 8-6 record.

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