The Pryor Times


June 26, 2014

Titans tame Tigers in extra innings

PRYOR, OK — Pryor built an early 3-0 lead but could not hold on against Carl Albert, which came back to defeat the Tigers 5-3 in a first-round game of the East-West State Tournament Thursday.

A pair of RBI base-hits gave the Titans the winning margin in the top of the eighth inning after a three-run home run in the fourth tied it up.

Pryor took the lead in the bottom of the third when Tylor Arnold drew a bases-loaded walk with one out. The next batter, Spencer Henson, hit into a double-play ball, but the Titan shortstop bobbled it, allowing two runs to score.

Pryor's Brennon Barth kept the Tigers in the game with a pair of outstanding defensive plays. He collected an errant pick-off throw in centerfield and threw out the runner at third to end the top of the third inning.

Barth ended the top of the fifth by robbing a Titan batter with a diving catch.

Gaige Mendivil went the distance for the Tigers and absorbed the loss on the mound. He allowed nine hits and struck out five Titans.

Christian Campbell provided Pryor's only extra-base hit, a sixth-inning double. He reached third but could not score the potential game-winner.

Teammate Nason Pace singled twice.

The Carl Albert-Pryor rivalry has proven to be one-sided in the recent past. The team from Midwest City ousted Pryor from the last two state tournaments in the quarterfinal round and knocked off the Tigers in the 5A Shootout in McAlester in April.

Carl Albert advanced to play Piedmont Friday in a second-round winners' bracket game while Pryor fell to an elimination game against Skiatook.

Piedmont defeated Skiatook 5-1 Thursday.

Due to an early deadline, no scores for Friday's games were available at press time.

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