Great baseball teams have one thing in common - great pitching.

Tuttle sophomore Kyle Ebert pitched a great game Monday to lead the Tigers to a 9-3 win over McLoud.

Ebert kept the Redskin hitters off balance all day and, even when he struggled or got tired, he made key pitches get the outs he needed.

Ebert struck out six and walked only one. He hit two batters and gave up nine hits in seven complete innings of work.

The win improved the No. 2 Tigers’ record to 18-0. They will be playing in a tough tournament the rest of this week in the I40 Invitational.

The Tuttle offense was solid up and down the order.

Tyler Henson went 2-for-2 with two walks. He scored three times. Andrew Leget was also 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch and walked once.

Andrew Harrison drove in four runs, going 2-for-3 with a walk. Aaron Meuser also went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Corey Hawk added two more RBIs and collected two hits as well.

The Tigers scored their runs on the strength of key hits. They took an early lead in the first. Henson had singled and stolen second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Harrison drove him in with a two out single.

Tuttle scored three more in the fourth. Henson led off the inning with a double. Leget followed with a single. Hawk drove in Henson with a single. Meuser drove in Leget and Hawk with a single.

Tuttle picked up two more runs in the fourth. Henson drew a two-out walk and Leget also reached on a walk. Harrison drove in both with a double off the center field wall.

Three more runs came in the sixth to put the game away. Brett Coffman singled and Henson walked to get the inning going. Leget singled to load the bases and Harrison walked to drive in a run. Another run scored on a wild pitch before Hawk’s sacrifice fly drove in the final run of the game.

McLoud threatened in the seventh. Coach Shawn Streater would have probably pulled Ebert in a closer game but he let the sophomore close the game himself. After the Redskins loaded the bases, the next hitter ripped a long fly ball to deep centerfield.

Coffman went up high against the wall to end the Redskin threat.

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