Oologah had a big target on its back this season as the defending Class 4A state baseball champion.
The Mustangs were able to outlast 62 of the other schools in the class which put them back into the state championship game.
Team No. 63, Tuttle, however, unfortunately turned out to be another story.
The Tigers jumped out to a fast start which resulted in a 9-2 victory Saturday at Edmond North High School.
Tuttle and Oologah finished with identical records of 34-5.
The Tigers not only won the baseball championship, but also they took home a state title in football last fall.
The Mustangs had three shutouts in three games en route to their state championship last year, including a 4-0 victory over Berryhill in the title game.
“(Tuttle) played very well,” Oologah coach Brent Payne said. “They got some early two-out hits to get some breathing room, and their pitchers did a great job of changing speeds.”
A pair of kids named Andrew proved to be thorns in the side of Oologah all day.
Andrew Harrison had three doubles and two runs batted in while Andrew Ledet had three RBIs and scored three more himself.
Tuttle scored twice in the top of the first inning on consecutive two-out doubles from Ledet and Harrison.
The Tigers put the game away with a five-run fifth when they sent 10 batters to the plate.
Harrison and winning pitcher Tyler Henson each had run-scoring hits in the inning.
The Mustangs did not go down easily as they plated two runs in the last half of the seventh.
Ty Gable drew a leadoff walk and Dock Melton followed with a single.
Justin Edwards drove in Gable with the first run on a sacrifice fly and Melton scored after Blake Kelley hit into a fielder’s choice.
“The state tournament does not define this club,” Payne said. “It was just one of those days where we couldn’t get anything going. You have to give (Tuttle) the credit, though. They have a veteran club and they did a great job of hitting the ball where it was pitched.”
Oologah advanced with a 14-5 win over Edmond Deer Creek Thursday and followed that up with a 13-2 run -rule victory in five innings over Berryhill on Friday.
Big innings were a theme for the Mustangs in both of those triumphs.
Oologah scored nine runs in the fourth inning and five in the seventh in dropping the Antlers.
Jeff Bradshaw had four hits, one RBI, and two runs against Deer Creek.
The Mustangs tallied five runs in the second inning and got six more in the fifth against Berryhill.
Jeff White was the star of the game both at the plate and on the mound.
He finished 4 for 4 with three RBIs and went the distance on the mound, striking out six while allowing just four hits and one walk.
Kelley and Curt Simpson chipped in three runs batted in apiece against Berryhill.