A disputed third inning home run by Jared Montgomery would have given the Henryetta Knights their district championship Friday night.
Instead, the umpire said the ball was foul and that wound up with the Knights and Holdenville tied at 12-12 at the end of seven innings.
Holdenville would eventually take the 16-15 win after four hours and nine innings of play.holdenville3
Henryetta started off with Ethan Palmer getting a single then scoring on a double by Jared Fife. The Wolverines had bases loaded but were unable to get home.
Both teams added two runs in the third inning. Henryetta picked up runs by Jared Fife off a single by Andrew Morris then Cameron McKinney scored on a single by Jean Pixler.
The Wolverines had a single that scored two runs but Holdenville still trailed 3-2.
Knight scoring was big in the fourth with Drew Brown, Montgomery, Ethan Wincle and Fife adding runs.
In the fifth, Holdenville picked up six runs on three singles. four times the Wolverines walked bringing in one of those unearned runs.
Henryetta had four more runs in the sixth when Wincle got on by a walk, Fife reached base on a fielder’s choice and McKinney walks loading the bases. A single by Pixler scored Wincle and Fife. The bases loaded up again when Jeremiah Boyles is hit by a pitch. Brown singled scoring McKinney and Pixler but it came to a halt when Ethan Palmer grounded out to the pitcher for first then Boyles was tagged out as he tried to get to second.
The lone Henryetta run in the seventh came when Montgomery scored on a third base error.
The game was tied at 12-12 and both teams went scoreless in the eighth.
Holdenville took advantage of three Henryetta errors in the ninth inning to load up the bases then a double drove in two runs. A single and a wild pitch allowed the final two runs to go on the board for Holdenville.
It appeared as though the Knights would be able to pull off the win in the bottom of the ninth when Montgomery was hit by a pitch then Wincle walked. Fife nailed a single loading up the bases.
Running for Montgomery, Austin Macaluso scored on a sacrifice fly by McKinney who still got on base by a Wolverine error. That put Henryetta runners on all the bases.
Tate Wisdom singled scoring Wincle and keeping the bases loaded up. It looked as though Fife would score but he was forced out at home by a Pixler single.
Boyles got on with a fielder’s choice and McKinney scored what would be the final Henryetta run.
After Fife is out at home and Pixler forced out at second, the third out came with a pop up fly to the short stop ending the game.