Kitchens stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Cameron Warden drove in Kitchens with a ground out to third for a 3-0 Thunder lead.
But the Mudhens got two runs back in the third on Caden Buckner’s groundout and an error on Matteo Chavarria’s liner to shortstop. Turner West then led off the top of the fourth with an infield single, and Royce Florenzano reached on an error.
Malachi Wrice’s double to right drove in West and Florenzano for a 4-3 Mudhens lead, then Brycen Cervantes’ single to left scored Wrice. An outfield error on Cervantes’ hit allowed him to reach second, then he stole third and scored on a passed ball for a 6-3 lead.
Warden responded for the Thunder in the bottom of the third, drilling a one-out pitch from Cervantes to deep right field. Warden had already rounded third by the time Johnson tracked the ball down, and Warden scored without a play at the plate for an inside-the-park home run.
Javen Coleman followed Warden with a walk, as did Ayden Shumway. Paco’s Garnett singled to center to load the bases, then Coleman scored on a wild pitch to cut the Mudhens’ lead to 6-5.
Warden also beat out an infield single in the bottom of the fifth, then stole second. Coleman sacrificed him to third, and Warden scored on a passed ball to tie the game 6-6.
Chancellor got the win, giving up one run on three hits, a walk and four strikeouts in three innings. Clayton took the loss, allowing one run on no hits, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and four strikeouts in three innings.
“Errors cost us, and we didn’t hit the ball very well today,” Thunder coach Rodney Kelley said. “They had a good pitcher. He’s one of the better pitchers in the league.”