You can’t keep a good team down.

Tuttle trailed early and No. 13 Grove thought they had a shot at the upset of the No. 4 team in the state.

But the Tigers weren’t ready to turn in their uniforms just yet. Trailing 4-1, THS scored two in the fourth and five in the fifth to pull away from the Ridgerunners.

The fourth inning rally was started by a scary play. Catcher Andrew Harrison fouled a pitch off the plate and it bounced up and hit him squarely in the eye. Harrison writhed in pain and left the field to be treated for the injury. Sam Pagel came in to finish Harrison’s at bat. Pagel was hit in the leg with the first pitch he saw and Ryan Hendrickson came in to run for him.

Corey Hawk kept things going with a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Hendrickson wandered off second and drew a throw behind him to second base. When the catcher fired the ball across the diamond, Hendrickson broke for third. The shortstop’s throw caromed into foul territory and Hendrickson sprinted across the plate for the Tigers’ second run of the game.

Kyle Ebert put down a bunt to move Hawk to third with one out. Aaron Meuser perfectly executed the squeeze bunt to bring Hawk in to score and cut the Grove lead to 4-3.

Brett Coffman wasn’t as dominating as he usually is on the mound for Tuttle. He walked four and hit two batters in five innings of work. He also allowed five hits.

But even though he wasn’t on top of his game, he used some cunning to get crucial outs for his team. In the fifth, he walked the lead-off hitter. But before fans could get worried, he picked the runner off first base - one of three pick offs for the lefty.

Tuttle made the most of their fifth at bat against Bert Crossley. Tyler Henson walked and stole second base. Andrew Ledet drove in the tying run with a sharply hit single. Harrison - who returned from his eye injury without missing one pitch - put down a sacrifice bunt to get pinch runner Bryce Moore to second. Hawk doubled to right field to score Moore and give the Tigers their first lead at 5-4. Ebert put down another sacrifice bunt to get Hawk to third. Meuser hit a grounder to the shortstop, who couldn’t find the handle, allowing Meuser to reach first and Hawk to score.

Rodney Williams promptly doubled to the gap to drive in Meuser. Coffman picked up his third hit of the game to drive in Williams and make the score 8-4 Tuttle. Doug Carel got called on to finish another game for the Tigers. He allowed one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out two in two innings for the save.

Coffman got the win on the mound and led the offense with three hits. Williams went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored from the ninth spot in the order. Hawk also had two hits for Tuttle. The Tigers advance to play Byng who beat Marlow 3-2 in eight innings. The games is set for 5 p.m. Friday at Edmond North High School. The win improved the Tigers’ record to 32-6.

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