It quickly went from bad to worse. With the bases loaded, Flanagan smashed a double into the left-field corner to score three runs and put Bethel up 5-0. Prince then paid a visit to the mound, and decided to pull Saye and bring in the reliever Macy Spear.
“The way she was looking, the way she was feeling, when I went out there to talk to her, I decided Macy needs to go in,” Prince said.
Another double, this time by Whitten, brought Flanagan across, and another run later put the Lady Tigers in a huge 7-0 hole.
Despite signs of resurgence, Tuttle never was able to recover. Peyton Garrett’s double in the bottom of the fifth brought cheers from the Tuttle crowd, but a strikeout ended the inning and preserved the shutout. Later, Tuttle strung together a few singles and had the bases loaded in a last-gasp effort in the bottom of the seventh, but a third out meant the Lady Tigers went scoreless.
The win sets up a Friday battle between Bethel and either Cache or Ft. Gibson at 2 p.m. The winner goes on to the 4A State Final on Saturday.