CROWDER — When Crowder clean-up hitter Austin Weeks came to the plate with his team down a run in the bottom of the sixth, he struck out.
When he came up with the bases loaded and the game tied in the bottom of the seventh, he gave the Demons a Pitt 8 Tournament title.
Weeks’ grounder led to a game-ending error by Stuart third baseman Zach Murdaugh, and the Demons overcame deficits of 6-0 and 8-5 to beat the Hornets, 9-5, in the Pitt 8 Tournament championship Tuesday at Douglas Smith Memorial Field in Crowder.
“If you ever have a bad at-bat, you’re wanting to get after it the next time,” Weeks said.
“It was the best ‘worst hit’ I’ve had.”
In the third-place game, the Kiowa Cowboys run-ruled the Savanna Bulldogs in four innings, 12-0.
In the consolation championship, the Canadian Cougars run-ruled the Haileyville Warriors in three innings, 14-1.
Demons 9, Hornets 8:
The patient Demons began their seventh-inning comeback when Clay Bell and Erik Crenshaw walked to open the inning. Bryce Tucker then singled into right field to drive in Bell, then Crenshaw scored when Traynor Blasengame bobbled the ball in right field to make it 8-7 Hornets.
Blasengame also missed his cutoff man, allowing Tucker to get to second on Blasengame’s second error in the same play. Stuart coach Jon Booth brought in Justin Lawrence to pitch, but Lawrence walked Mike White.
Demons nine-hole hitter Tanner Rogers then dropped a bunt halfway between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. Lawrence had no choice but to get the out at first, with Tucker and White moving into scoring position on the sacrifice.
The play highlighted a night in which Rogers hit 2-for-3 and scored a run.
“He’s been in a little bit of a slump, he and Erik (Crenshaw) both,” Crowder coach Larry Tucker said of Rogers. “They both came out of it. It’s not fun being in them, but it’s always fun coming out of them.”