McAlester's Cade Lott watched as his long drive sailed over the left field wall for a home run Tuesday night at Mike Deak Field.
His two-run blast against Hartshorne's Sean Horstman in the top of the third gave Oklahoma Gold (2-7) a 4-2 lead against Oklahoma Blue (0-9), and it never looked back. Gold ended up taking the Battle of Oklahoma in the Junior Sunbelt Classic, 10-4.
"That was a big momentum swing, for sure," Lott said. "These guys have had a long week. Once we changed that momentum, it just kind of rolled."
Horstman previously struck out Lott to lead off the top of the second inning. Lott said he missed a fastball that Horstman threw him.
"I knew he was going to come back," Horstman said. "He was going to be mad the second time coming up there."
Lott was looking for the fastball again from Horstman in the third inning. Horstman said he shook off the sign for a curveball and decided to go with the fastball again since he beat Lott with it the previous inning.
It was Lott's second home run in the tournament and as many days. He also went deep in a 15-8 loss to Tennessee against Eastern Oklahoma State College, but it meant a lot to him to get to homer in the Battle of Oklahoma in his home ballpark.
"That'll be a moment I remember for a long time," he said.
Lott said Horstman and he embraced for a hug and handshake after the game.
Crowder' Conner Jones entered the game in the bottom of the seventh. He wound up reaching first base on a dropped third strike, and wound up scoring on a two-run blast from Manny LaValley to bring the game to its final score.
"I missed my 2-1 pitch," Jones said. "It's tough to come back and miss a 2-1 fastball."
Still, Jones said it felt good rounding the bases after the homer.
Horstman took the loss in the game. Getting the complete game win for Oklahoma Gold was Jakob Brandenberger.
A three-way tie happened between Oklahoma Gold, Colorado and Canada after Tuesday's games. The head-to-head matchup is the first tiebreaker, while runs allowed is the second.
The runs allowed tiebreaker would have come into play because Oklahoma Gold allowed the most runs out of the three through the first nine games, followed by Canada.
This would have set up a rematch between Blue and Gold for the ninth place game at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. However, due to Canada needing to catch its flight, Canada is scheduled to play Blue at 9 a.m. for ninth place on Wednesday, while Gold and Colorado are scheduled to play at 11:30 a.m. for seventh.
The head-to-head tiebreaker has come into effect for the championship. Mississippi is scheduled to face Missouri in Wednesday's championship. Mississippi and Tennessee spot identical records, but Mississippi gets the edge due to winning Monday's game, 5-2.
Missouri 9, Oklahoma Gold 5
Georgia 5, Arizona 0
Georgia 3, Oklahoma Blue 2
Tennessee 6, Arizona 4
Oklahoma Gold 10, Oklahoma Blue 4
At Eastern Oklahoma State College
Texas 4, Colorado 3
Tennessee 5, Colorado 2
Texas 17, Canada 4
Missouri 9, Mississippi 1
Mississippi 18, Canada 6
Oklahoma Gold 2-7
Oklahoma Blue 0-9
Oklahoma Blue vs. Canada, 9 a.m., Ninth Place
Oklahoma Gold vs. Colorado, 11:30 a.m., Seventh Place
Texas vs. Arizona, 2 p.m., Fifth Place
Georgia vs. Tennessee, 4:30 p.m., Third Place
Mississippi vs. Missouri, 7 p.m., Championship
Contact Corey Stolzenbach at CStolzenbach@mcalesternews.com