A summer matchup Tuesday night at Elliott Field between 4A state runner-up Tuttle and 5A state runner-up Chickasha provided fans some excitement but the thrills came from some different sources.

Both teams had key starters away at a tournament so a lot of younger players got a lot of field time. The teams split their double-header, with Tuttle pounding out an 11-1 six-frame run-rule then Chickasha rallying in their final at-bat for a 6-5 comebacker in the nightcap. Four Chick starters and two Tiger starters are playing together on a tournament team this week in Lincoln, NE so coaches Brad Gore and Shawn Streeter had to go with some reserves and some youngsters.

Tuttle got to game one starter Dalton Shepard for four straight hits after two walks and the first of three Chick errors set the table in the first frame. Ryan McIntosh scored on the throwing error on Kyle Ebert's grounder to third, Rance Pride and Garrett Bayliff each drove in a run then Heath Long's single up the third base line drove in two more. Braden Cook came in and slowed Tuttle down some. Ebert singled in run six before being called out on an interference call to end the inning. Cook held the Tigers to one more run on Ryan Hendrickson's RBI single in the third but struggled in the sixth, walking Hendrickson then getting hit hard twice.

Chance Thomas took over but two walks and another error put four runs on the board to set up the run-rule.

The Chicks only came up with one run in the home third when Chance Sneed's infield single scored Tylor Lee, who led off with a walk.

Corey Hawk got the win, pitching three innings and striking out three. Ebert came on in the third and fanned six in three innings' work before Will Bennett closed things out in the sixth.

The coaches opted for five innings in the nightcap and Josh Gresham's clutch RBI single capped off a five-run “last lick” rally for the 6-5 win.

Tuttle scored twice in the first and three times in the third to build a nice cushion but their lack of pitching depth killed them late. Ebert and Long each drove in a run in the first then Pride and Ebert each drove in one in the third before Gresham's throwing error on the back end of a bases-loaded 5-2-3 DP spotted them another.

Korey Keef doubled to the gap to open the fourth and scored on Cook's single to get Chickasha on the scoreboard then the bats heated up in the home fifth with the game on the line.

Dillon Shepard, Christian Fincher and Corey Beverley each drew walks then an error on Lee's grounder to third plated Shepard. Keef grounded to short but Ebert's only play was to third, trading a run for an out. Cook doubled to right to score Lee, Keef stole home on a wild pitch then Gresham got the winner with a single to score Cook from second for the win.

Mike McCrackin got the win for the Chicks in relief, taking over for Fincher in the fifth. Bennett took the loss in relief for Tuttle.

On deck for Chickasha will be the Weatherford Wood Bat Invitational, where they'll play two pool play games on Thursday.

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