During the third inning Norman’s Gransted attempted to field a ball at his feet. When he did Gransted came away injured and the Tigers put Breaden Armstrong on the mound.
The fourth inning is where Norman took the lead on a four-run inning. The Tigers had a walk, batter hit by pitch, two singles and a double. Hunter Meister, Blake Ruggs, Dax Marley and Kolin Marley scored to take the Tigers’ first lead of the game.
The top of the fourth ended when Paul Reed hit the ball to Stillwater’s pitcher Teel who threw to Michael Higgins. The Pioneer catcher picked up an out on a run-down and followed that up with a second run-down at third base.
Stillwater cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ryan Hoecker crossed the plate on a Norman error.
Stillwater kept its offense going and tied up the game after five innings. Tanner Swick, base runner for Higgins, stole third and made his way home on a Norman error. Hoecker was sent home on a sacrifice hit by Teel to make it a new game after five innings tied 4-4.
The Pioneers prevailed on a timely hit by Littell.
Stillwater and Norman will meet in Norman at 6 p.m. Tuesday to finish the home-and-home.
“We tend to play sometimes to the level of our competition,” Sangirardi said. “You probably got one of the top three teams that you’re going to face. We hit the ball hard and had them on the ropes and we make a blunder in base running and take their pitcher off the hook.”
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