STILLWATER — Stillwater and Norman were two teams wanting a district victory. The cycle of the game proved it.
The Pioneers’ Jon Littell stepped up to the plate with two outs and Ryan Wieligman on third base with the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning. Littell hit the ball just inside of third base and brought in the game-winning run for a 5-4 victory.
“That last run shouldn’t have mattered because the last two runs were unearned,” Norman coach Pete Sangirardi said. “We’ve got to pitch ahead in the count.”
Littell was 1 for 4 when he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
Stillwater moved to (22-1, 9-0) on the season. This was the Pioneers’ 21st victory in a row.
Carson Teel started on the mound for the Pioneers. Teel accounted for four strike outs and gave up seven hits and four runs. The lefty had to find strength towards the end of the game — which he did and went seven innings for the win.
Norman dropped to 12-9 on the year with a 3-6 record in district play.
Norman’s P.J. Gransted went down in the third inning and did not return due to a rolled ankle. The Tigers inserted Breaden Armstrong and then Mo Chaudhry took over in the fifth and went the rest of the way.
“These guys have been able to battle back all year. They’ve never given up,” Sangirardi said. “That’s one of our top two pitchers you never want to see that happen but there’s nothing you can do. ... Somebody else has to step up.”
The first inning was scoreless but Stillwater got on the scoreboard in the second inning with Tyler Burnett crossing the plate. Burnett walked and then was hit to third by Harrison Cornforth. Burnett sprinted home after Norman’s Gransted tossed a wild pitch for a 1-0 Pioneer lead.