The Pryor Times

March 28, 2013

Barth walk-off cements come-from-behind Tiger win

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

PRYOR, OK — Pryor's Tigers erased a 5-1 deficit to claim a dramatic 6-5 win over Booker T. Washington off of a Brennon Barth walk-off single in the opening game of the Tiger-Zebra Classic Thursday at American Legion Memorial Field.

The Tigers fell behind after the Hornets posted a four-run fifth inning, but Tiger pitcher Zack Hammock pitched a perfect final two innings to give Pryor a chance at the comeback.

The Pryor rally started with a three-run fifth to close the gap to 5-4. A Barth walk loaded the bases for Spencer Henson, who singled to right to score Zack Holloway and Anthony Martinez. Nate Wolfe then grounded to second to bring Barth home before Tiger catcher Justin Thomas flied out to end the inning.

In the seventh, Martinez reached on a single before stealing second. A Holloway single moved Martinez to third base. Holloway then stole second to put the tying and scoring runners in scoring position with no outs for Barth, who pushed a single to the rightfield gap. Martinez scored and speedster Holloway beat the throw from the second baseman to score the winning run.

In Thursday's nightcap, a two-run Henson shot was not enough to hold off Skiatook, which outscored Pryor 6-1 over the final four innings and snuffed out a seventh-inning rally to claim a 6-3 win over the Tigers.

After Henson's bomb in the third inning, he Bulldogs tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning. Skiatook's Austin Owen hit an RBI double to score two, but Caleb Hill threw a rocket from left field to deny the go-ahead run.

Jacob Helmer hit an RBI single in the sixth to give Skiatook a 3-2 lead before a Henson-to-Foster McCollough 5-3 double play ended the inning. Skiatook loaded the bases on Tiger pitcher Kelvin Grubbs in the seventh before he was relieved by Conley Ledoux. Ledoux almost worked his way out of the jam, striking out one and forcing a pop fly before the Bulldogs' Lane Estes smashed a two-RBI double and Owen added an RBI single to make the lead 6-2.

Pryor, which saw all nine batters retired in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, rallied with two away in the bottom of the seventh. Martinez started things off with a single to score Hammock from second. Holloway then doubled to center to move Martinez to third, bringing Barth to the bat as the tying run.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, lightning didn't strike twice for Barth, who swung and missed on a 1-2 pitch to end the game.