For the second time this year, Aaron Hosack was great on the mound for Ponca City against the District 6A-3 champion Enid Plainsmen in the opening game of the Region 5 tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid. Hosack allowed just five hits, surrendering two runs striking out eight in the complete game 3-2 win for Ponca City. The Wildcats’ defense was great all day behind Hosack. Will Wyatt made several difficult catches in left field look easy, while Maison Steelman was also solid in RF and had a nice throw to keep the tieing run at 3rd in the 7th inning. Ponca City would take a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning on an error by Enid short stop Connor Gore, allowing Eli Wohl and Cody Ryan to score. Then Steelman hit a ball just far enough into right field for a sac fly to bring home Tanner Denton. Enid would answer with two in the 6th, but strand the tie and go ahead run at 1st and 3rd in the 7th inning. Enid was 14-2 at home this season and had won 15 of their last 16, with the only loss coming to Ponca City a few weeks ago.
In the second game or the Region 5 tournament, Ponca City came back from a 4 run deficit to take the lead, only to give it away in the 6th and lose to Tulsa Union 7-6. Carson Shook started the game for Ponca City. He lasted four innings, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out two. Karsten Boudreau started the game for Union, going five and a third innings, allowing eight hits and six runs while striking out two and walking one. Union took a 2 run lead in the 1st, powered by three straight singles to open the game. They would tack on one in the 3rd and another run in the 5th to make it 4-0. In the top of the 6th, Ponca City had a great rally scoring 6-runs. Tanner Denton and Maison Steelman would have RBI doubles in the inning. Eli Wohl batted twice in the inning scoring a run and getting a RBI sac fly. With a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the 6th, the Wildcats’ pitching staff would run out of gas. Eli Wohl put runners on by walks and Enid would manufacture three runs by stealing bases, sacrifice flies and a fielding error by the Wildcats. Eli Wohl took the loss for Ponca City. He lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing one hit and four runs while striking out one.