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Tuttle Baseball beats Blanchard & Elk City

Tuttle senior Grayson Barnes (21) makes a throw to first base in an 8-6 victory for the Tigers over the Blanchard Lions Thursday, March 14.

By Jayson Knight

Tuttle Baseball beat Blanchard Thursday in a rematch of last year’s 4A state championship game. The Tigers then went to Elk City the next day to play a double-header against their semifinals opponent from last year’s state tournament.

Tuttle beat Blanchard 8-6, and then went 1-1 against Elk City on the road. Since then, the Tigers beat district opponent Cache 13-2 on the road, and again in Tuttle Tuesday 10-0.

As of that time, the Tigers are now 10-1 and sitting atop their division, with the same district record of 6-0 as Chickasha. Chickasha is 8-1 with a loss to 3A Jones.

Tuttle and Chickasha are scheduled to play Monday, April 15 in Tuttle and Tuesday, April 16 in Chickasha, both at 5 p.m.

Against Blanchard, at home Thursday, Tuttle drove the first run in at the bottom of the first inning.

Blanchard answered in the top of the third inning with two runs, and the top of the fourth with four runs. Down 6-1, Tuttle battled from behind, scoring another six runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth to win 8-6.

Tuttle Head Baseball Coach Breck Draper shared Monday what he told his players just before they surged back to take the lead against Blanchard.
“We’re going into the bottom of the fourth inning and we told our guys we’re literally at the halfway point of the game right now. The starter is not going to be in the whole time. We’re close to getting him out of the game with his pitch count. Be patient and play the way we play, stick to our game plan, which is just grind at-bats out, and find ways to get good pitches to hit, and hit them. I thought they did a good job just staying calm and found a way to put guys on and put some pressure on them. We found a way to get it tied up, got some gritty at-bats and then the W at the end there. It was a little shaky, but we were able to close the door and finish the game off.”

Tuttle junior Brady McAdoo (2) throws a runner out at first base in an 8-6 victory for the Tigers over the Blanchard Lions Thursday, March 14.

Against Elk City, Tuttle lost the first game 6-0, and then won the second game 7-4.
“We had kind of a limited roster,” Coach Draper said of the double-header. “Our JV was gone, and I’ll give a lot of credit to the guys in our dugout. They bring a lot of energy to our team and sometimes when it’s a tough day, it’s hard to bring your own energy. We didn’t have as many guys in the dugout that day and we kind of knew going into it we had a late night the night before. You drive two hours on the road and it’s cold and the wind’s blowing in. They had an arm on the mound that did a really good job, just really good locating what he wanted to throw, and he pitched his butt off, and they did a better job than we did in that first game. In the second game, it was a lot of the same feel, but we were just able to kind of scratch some runs across and make some things happen. We changed our approach a little bit, and that’s what you’re trying to do. You go to play a good ball club on the road at their place, and it can be the perfect recipe for you to lose two games. Obviously, we wanted to win both of them, but getting one of those two is good.”
The Tigers host a Spring Break tournament this weekend with games against Weatherford Wednesday at 5 p.m., Oologah Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Newcastle Friday at 8 p.m., and Bethany Saturday at 4 p.m.
“I’d like to say thanks to the crowd that came out on Thursday last week against Blanchard,” Coach Draper said. “That was a special environment. There was probably over a thousand people there, just a really cool environment for a high school kid to play in. Hopefully, we can see another big crowd on Friday night at spring break against Newcastle. That should be a good one to come to as well, so we’ll just kind of keep it rolling, but we appreciate the crowd showing up.”

Tuttle sophomore Jett McCoy (25) plays a hit to third base Thursday in Tuttle in an 8-6 victory for the Tigers over the Blanchard Lions.

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