STUART — The Hartshorne Miners’ defense twice gave away leads, and Chance Parker and their bats twice got it back.
Parker came up with two bases-loaded hits, the second of which scored Tyler Lindley to give the Miners a 10-9 walkoff victory against the Oktaha Tigers in Saturday’s Stuart Spring Baseball Tournament championship.
The win served as a measure of vengeance for the Miners, who’d lost twice to Oktaha earlier in the season.
“As long as you’ve got outs, you’ve got life,” Miners coach Justin James said.
“I was proud of them for being able to just get right back and scrap with one half-inning left to find a way to win it.”
Three two-out errors by Hartshorne had given Oktaha six runs in the top of the seventh and a 9-6 lead, but Tigers reliever Tyler Edgar ran into trouble when he walked Hartshorne’s Troy Ray and Dru Barrier with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Edgar got Brett Akins to fly out to center field, but Colton Tubbs doubled to left to score Ray and put two in scoring position.
Tigers coach Kevin Rodden brought Daceauda Davis in to pitch, but Davis immediately threw a wild pitch to Lindley, allowing Barrier to come home to make it a one-run game. Davis then walked Lindley with two outs.
Davis fell behind Braxton Curliss but eventually worked the count to 3-2. Curliss then belted one towards left, and though shortstop Josiah LaSarge managed to corral the grounder with a dive, LaSarge couldn’t do anything more.
Ledgen Angeli, Tubbs’ courtesy runner, scored to tie the game 9-9 on the infield single.
“We’re a little thin on arms,” Oktaha coach Kevin Rodden said. “Late in the tournament, you’re running some kids up there that don’t have a lot of experience (pitching).”