EDMOND — Tuttle right fielder Zac Brunson timed the play perfectly, waiting for Weatherford catcher Matt Hoffman to lob the ball back to the mound before he bolted home.
Brunson stealing home capped a four-run fourth inning rally to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 win over Weatherford on Thursday afternoon at the Class 4A state tournament at Edmond Memorial High School.
Brunson, who bats seventh, also supplied the key hit, a two-run single that broke a 1-1 tie.
“Zac's just a good old country kid who comes up big all the time,” said Tuttle coach Travis Owen. “He hit two homers in a game once this year. He's a gamer. He came up big for us.”
Catcher Lane Paul led off the fourth with a double and advanced to third on Cole Sharp's bunt single. Pitcher Connor Litterell tied the game with an RBI single. Brunson's two-run single made it 3-1 and then he stole home for a 4-1 lead.
“Coach told me if they weren't looking at me just take home, so I did,” Brunson said. “(On the two-run single) I just sat back and he threw me a first pitch fastball that I took up the middle.”
Litterell (8-3) pitched a complete game, striking out eight.
Litterell's losses this season were against Owasso (No. 1 Class 6A), Berryhill (No. 1 in 4A) and Weatherford (No. 4 in 4A). Litterell also notched wins against 6A state tournament teams Norman North and Tulsa Kelley (6A).
“That really helped me quite a bit because when you go against great teams you have to learn to keep the ball down,” Litterell said. “Today, I was a little nervous at the beginning but it all came together.”
The No. 5 ranked Tigers (28-7) will play Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Edmond Memorial against the winner of Thursday's late game between No. 1 ranked Berryhill and Dewey.
“Tuttle wins in football, wrestling, softball, whatever,” Owen said. “When you're at Tuttle you win. Period. The community, administration, everyone supports you. I love it.”